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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

Oil Slumps Below $65 as OPEC Clash Looms, Trade War Escalates

Oil fell below $65 a barrel as Saudi Arabia and Russia prepared for a clash with allied crude producers over whether to lift output and as China and the U.S. exchanged trade threats. Futures in New York dropped as much as 1.4 percent after a 2.7 percent decline Friday. Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase production that™s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week. The Chinese...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

Saudi anti-corruption drive: Detainees offered pardon
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 14:06 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Most of those detained in a sweeping anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia have agreed settlements with the authorities in exchange for a pardon, the attorney general says.

Prominent figures, including princes, ministers and businessmen, were taken into custody last month.

A statement said that 320 people have been called in for questioning while 159 are currently being detained.

Those who denied the allegations or refused settlements face prosecution.

The names of those held has still not been made public, but last week Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was once seen as a contender to the throne, was released after agreeing an "acceptable settlement" with authorities of more than $1bn (£750m).

The nature of the charges also remains unclear but the attorney general's statement said "internationally applied procedures" had been followed. Detainees have been held in a luxury hotel in the capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has rejected as "ludicrous" analysts' suggestions the anti-corruption campaign was a power grab.

Prince Mohammed, who at 32 is heir apparent, heads the anti-corruption committee and is the Saudi defence minister, told the New York Times many of those detained had already pledged allegiance to him.

Many ordinary Saudis have welcomed the move to tackle corruption with the hope that some of their nation's oil wealth will be redistributed to the general population.

Source: BBC

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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

Oil Slumps Below $65 as OPEC Clash Looms, Trade War Escalates

Oil fell below $65 a barrel as Saudi Arabia and Russia prepared for a clash with allied crude producers over whether to lift output and as China and the U.S. exchanged trade threats. Futures in New York dropped as much as 1.4 percent after a 2.7 percent decline Friday. Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase production that™s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week. The Chinese...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

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