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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

U.S. Oil Futures Extend Losses to a Second Session

Oil futures fell on Wednesday, after suffering a loss of nearly 6% a day earlier, pressured as Saudi Arabia's output levels looked to recover much sooner than expected and the U.S. government reported a weekly rise in domestic crude inventories, following four consecutive weeks of declines. Prices briefly pared some of the losses in earlier dealings on the back of rising U.S. tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to...

Fed Makes Second Straight Rate Cut, Splits on Further Action

Federal Reserve policy makers lowered their main interest rate for a second time this year while splitting over the need for further easing, caught between uncertainty over trade and global growth and a domestic economy that's holding up well. œ Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports have weakened,™™ the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement on Wednesday in Washington. Officials maintained their pledge to œact as...

Britain Accuses Iran of Trying to Block Oil Tanker in Gulf
Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:45 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Britain said Thursday that Iranian vessels tried to "impede the passage" of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz.

A government statement said three Iranian vessels were involved with the incident, and that they backed off when they received a warning from a British warship.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied Britain's accusation.  A statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency said Guards patrol boats carried out normal duties and had "no clashes with alien boats, especially English boats."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned Wednesday that Britain would face unspecified "consequences" over the seizure last week of an Iranian oil tanker suspected of transporting oil to Syria in violation of sanctions.

Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi described the seizure as an act of "stupidity ...a trait the American president has in spades and the British to some extent."

Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated between Iran and the United States and its allies since Washington stepped up economic sanctions against Tehran and moved to halt its oil exports as a part of a "maximum pressure" policy to force Iran to end actions deemed to undermine regional security.

Tensions began to heighten in May 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 agreement with Iran and a group of world powers to contain Tehran's nuclear program. In response, Iran recently exceeded uranium enrichment limits in violation of the agreement.

British Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt said the United Kingdom is concerned about Thursday's disputed incident and urged Iran to "desecalate the situation."

The U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain and the U.S. Central Command declined to comment but China and Russia, both signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, also called for restraint.

Source : VOA

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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

U.S. Oil Futures Extend Losses to a Second Session

Oil futures fell on Wednesday, after suffering a loss of nearly 6% a day earlier, pressured as Saudi Arabia's output levels looked to recover much sooner than expected and the U.S. government reported a weekly rise in domestic crude inventories, following four consecutive weeks of declines. Prices briefly pared some of the losses in earlier dealings on the back of rising U.S. tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to...

Fed Makes Second Straight Rate Cut, Splits on Further Action

Federal Reserve policy makers lowered their main interest rate for a second time this year while splitting over the need for further easing, caught between uncertainty over trade and global growth and a domestic economy that's holding up well. œ Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports have weakened,™™ the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement on Wednesday in Washington. Officials maintained their pledge to œact as...

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