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Rusal removed from share, debt indexes, metal suspended

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By Eric Onstad

(Reuters) - International took action on Wednesday to distance themselves from the shares, bonds and of Russian after the imposed sanctions on the company.

In Moscow, Russian said his government should look at U.S. goods or goods produced in by U.S. companies when considering a possible response to the sanctions.

Shares of United Company Rusal, one of the world's biggest aluminium producers, will be deleted from global equity and debt indexes while its will not be allowed on the Exchange (LME) and

The on April 6 announced sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, saying they were profiting from a Russian state engaged in "malign activities" around the world.

This included and his Hong Kong-listed company and his newly created holding company En+ Group

The two companies will be deleted from FTSE Russell's equity indexes effective from the open on April 13, the provider said in a statement.

Rusal's shares in Hong Kong have slumped by half since the sanctions were imposed on Friday and gave up another 1.9 percent on Wednesday.

DEBT, EXCLUDED

On the debt front, will be excluded on April 30 from JPMorgan's group of emerging market corporate bonds, the U.S. said.

The exclusion will be done as part of the end-of-month rebalancing of the indexes, it added.

As of Friday, April 6, has a weight of 0.12 percent and 0.15 percent in the Broad Diversified and Diversified indexes respectively, JPM said in a statement seen by that was sent to clients late on Monday.

said it was withdrawing all for due to its own business reasons.

"At the time of withdrawal the were: corporate family rating of Ba3 and probability of default rating of Ba3-PD At the time of withdrawal these had a positive outlook," it said in a statement.

Rusal's aluminium brands are being excluded from the LME, the world's biggest market for industrial metals, and the U.S. Comex exchange owned by the CME.

The CME revoked approved status for Rusal's for delivery against CME aluminium futures contracts, effective from April 10, a notice on the CME website said.

The Exchange said late on Tuesday Rusal's aluminium would be suspended from its list of approved brands from April 17 after some members raised concerns about settling contracts with sanctions-hit companies.

Aluminium prices extended their rally on Wednesday to a sixth straight session, hitting an 11-week peak, amid persistent worry about shortages.

Analysts at CRU say accounts for 14 percent of aluminium supplies outside top Global output this year is estimated at 65 million tonnes.

"There's a lot of panic and uncertainty. Buyers are scrambling to try to replace where they can, to plug the gap left by not having Russian-origin metal," said Robin Bhar, at in

The sanctions have had knock-on impact on precious palladium, which has surged 6 percent this week on the back of concerns about supply from number one

Although the supply pipeline of the metal, more than two-fifths of which is sourced in Russia, has not been directly hit by the sanctions, the market has been rattled by the inclusion of Deripaska on the blacklist.

Deripaska's owns a 28 percent stake in Norilsk Nickel, the world's biggest

(Additional reporting by Claire Milhench, Sujata Rao-Coverley, and in London; Polina Devitt, Polina Nikolskaya and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow, Swati Verma in Bangalore and Melanie Burton in Melbourne; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:08 IST
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