Global indices were mixed on Thursday as Western leaders continued efforts to stave off a weekend referendum in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, where the majority ethnic Russian population is alarmed by the ouster of Ukraine¿s pro-Russian government. WM Morrison Supermarkets¿ restructuring plans spark food-retail mayhem and in Germany corporate stalwarts Lufthansa and Volkswagen both rise on earnings reports. Meanwhile, New Zealand becomes the first developed economy to raise rates.

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