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Pompeo: 'Important Information' for Trump After Mideast Talks on Saudi Oil Field Attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he has "important information" for President Donald Trump about how to respond to the recent attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities after meeting with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The top U.S. diplomat said there was "enormous consensus" that Iran was responsible for the middle-of-the-night missile and drone attacks last weekend that at least temporarily knocked out half of the Saudis' oil production, nearly 6% of the...

Hong Kong stocks open higher

Hong Kong stocks opened with small gains Friday morning as bargain-buyers moved in following a four-day drop, with dealers keeping an ear to the ground for fresh developments in the China-US trade row. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.24 percent, or 63.93 points, to 26,532.88. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.18 percent, or 5.53 points, to 3,004.81 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also added 0.18 percent, or 3.00 points, to...

Gold Futures Score First Weekly Gain in a Month

Gold futures climbed Friday to tally a gain for the week, the first in four weeks, as geopolitical tensions remained high, boosting haven demand for the precious metal. President Donald Trump announced further sanctions on Iran. "The confrontation with Iran [is] still very real," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "So you have safe-haven interest perking up into the weekend." Trump also said Friday that he didn™t need a trade deal with China before the 2020...

Oil's Rising Again as Iran's Warning of War Ratchets Up Tensions

The threat of war in the Middle East is pushing oil prices higher again, capping one of the most dramatic ever weeks for crude markets in which 5% of the world's supplies were cut by attacks on Saudi production facilities. Brent crude for November settlement rose 42 cents, or 0.7%, to $64.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange as of 8:52 a.m. in Singapore on Friday. The global benchmark crude is up 7.7% this week, the most since January. It's a bullish end to an...

Gold ticks higher, set to snap streak of weekly declines

Gold prices inched higher Friday but gains were capped by a rise in bonds yields and stocks. However, bullion's trade over the past five sessions puts it on pace to break out of a weekly skid of three consecutive weekly losses. Gold for December delivery on Comex was up 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, at $1,507 an ounce, after retreating 0.6% on Thursday. For the week, the yellow metal is on track for a 0.5% gain based on last Friday's closing price, which would halt three consecutive weekly...

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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Pompeo: 'Important Information' for Trump After Mideast Talks on Saudi Oil Field Attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he has "important information" for President Donald Trump about how to respond to the recent attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities after meeting with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The top U.S. diplomat said there was "enormous consensus" that Iran was responsible for the middle-of-the-night missile and drone attacks last weekend that at least temporarily knocked out half of the Saudis' oil production, nearly 6% of the...

Hong Kong stocks open higher

Hong Kong stocks opened with small gains Friday morning as bargain-buyers moved in following a four-day drop, with dealers keeping an ear to the ground for fresh developments in the China-US trade row. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.24 percent, or 63.93 points, to 26,532.88. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.18 percent, or 5.53 points, to 3,004.81 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also added 0.18 percent, or 3.00 points, to...

Gold Futures Score First Weekly Gain in a Month

Gold futures climbed Friday to tally a gain for the week, the first in four weeks, as geopolitical tensions remained high, boosting haven demand for the precious metal. President Donald Trump announced further sanctions on Iran. "The confrontation with Iran [is] still very real," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "So you have safe-haven interest perking up into the weekend." Trump also said Friday that he didn™t need a trade deal with China before the 2020...

Oil's Rising Again as Iran's Warning of War Ratchets Up Tensions

The threat of war in the Middle East is pushing oil prices higher again, capping one of the most dramatic ever weeks for crude markets in which 5% of the world's supplies were cut by attacks on Saudi production facilities. Brent crude for November settlement rose 42 cents, or 0.7%, to $64.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange as of 8:52 a.m. in Singapore on Friday. The global benchmark crude is up 7.7% this week, the most since January. It's a bullish end to an...

Gold ticks higher, set to snap streak of weekly declines

Gold prices inched higher Friday but gains were capped by a rise in bonds yields and stocks. However, bullion's trade over the past five sessions puts it on pace to break out of a weekly skid of three consecutive weekly losses. Gold for December delivery on Comex was up 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, at $1,507 an ounce, after retreating 0.6% on Thursday. For the week, the yellow metal is on track for a 0.5% gain based on last Friday's closing price, which would halt three consecutive weekly...

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