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Oil Gains as Report Points to Slow Return of Lost Saudi Output

Oil rose sharply in early Monday trading in Asia following a report that full repairs to Saudi oil fields hit by a drone attack earlier this month may take many months. Brent crude rose 1.1% after surging 6.7% last week, its largest weekly gain since January. Saudi Aramco on Saturday reaffirmed its commitment to bringing 5.7 million barrels a day of lost output back by the end of the month, however, a Wall Street Journal report Sunday quoted a Saudi official saying...

Gold Stays Below 2-Week-Old Resistance-Line Despite Trade/Political Pessimism

Gold prices fail to portray the recent risk-aversion wave as they remain below near-term resistance-line while taking rounds to $1,513 on early Monday. Renewed geopolitical tension between Saudi Arabia and Yemen has been a major driving force for markets™ immediate risk sentiment off-late. Following a threat from Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia has also flashed signals of war if an attack takes place whereas the US deployed additional forces in the Middle East as a measure being œdefensive in...

Hong Kong Stocks Up At Open

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains on hopes for progress in trade talks between China and the US. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.11 percent, or 27.95 points, to 26,463.62. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index eased 0.27 percent, or 8.05 points, to 2,998.40 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.31 percent, or 5.25 points, to 1,670.10. Source : AFP

Pompeo : Trump's Iran Strategy is Working

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is working to find a diplomatic outcome to tensions with Iran, which has been blamed for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he warned if diplomacy fails President Donald Trump "will make necessary decisions to achieve our objectives." Pompeo told the ABC News that the recent Trump administration decision to send additional U.S. military forces and air defense equipment to Saudi Arabia  will "improve the capabilities" and "will make it more...

U.K. Retail Sales Surge as Consumers Defy Brexit Turmoil
Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:55 WIB | ECONOMY |Retail SalesUK Retail Sales

U.K. retail sales unexpectedly increased for a third consecutive month in March, underlying the resilience of consumers in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

The volume of goods sold in stores and online jumped 1.1 percent from February, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. Sales excluding auto fuel increased 1.2 percent. Both measures had been expected to show a decline.

It means retailers made a positive contribution to the economy in the first quarter, with sales rising a respectable 1.6 percent from the final three months of 2018. That added 0.09 percentage point to growth, according to the ONS.

Record employment and rising real incomes are helping to underpin consumer spending, the largest part of the economy. In contrast, businesses are cutting spending, fearing an economic slowdown could turn into a slump if the U.K. ends up leaving the European Union without a deal to cushion the blow.

Retail sales excluding fuel last saw a longer run of gains in early 2016. But the annual pace of growth was inflated by poor figures in March 2018, when Britain was hit by snow and freezing temperatures. Overall sales leaped 6.7 percent from a year earlier in March, the fastest pace since October 2016, and were up an annual 5 percent in the first quarter.

Statisticians said warmer weather last month encouraged spending, with food sales also recovering after a weak February. Clothing and household goods posted strong gains, only partly offset by weaker sales at department stores.

Non-store retailing, predominantly online operators, saw sales jump by 4.2 percent on the month and by a massive 23 percent on the year. Food sales rose 1.1 percent from February.

The retail sales survey was carried out between Feb. 24 and March 30.

Source : Bloomberg

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Oil Gains as Report Points to Slow Return of Lost Saudi Output

Oil rose sharply in early Monday trading in Asia following a report that full repairs to Saudi oil fields hit by a drone attack earlier this month may take many months. Brent crude rose 1.1% after surging 6.7% last week, its largest weekly gain since January. Saudi Aramco on Saturday reaffirmed its commitment to bringing 5.7 million barrels a day of lost output back by the end of the month, however, a Wall Street Journal report Sunday quoted a Saudi official saying...

Gold Stays Below 2-Week-Old Resistance-Line Despite Trade/Political Pessimism

Gold prices fail to portray the recent risk-aversion wave as they remain below near-term resistance-line while taking rounds to $1,513 on early Monday. Renewed geopolitical tension between Saudi Arabia and Yemen has been a major driving force for markets™ immediate risk sentiment off-late. Following a threat from Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia has also flashed signals of war if an attack takes place whereas the US deployed additional forces in the Middle East as a measure being œdefensive in...

Hong Kong Stocks Up At Open

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains on hopes for progress in trade talks between China and the US. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.11 percent, or 27.95 points, to 26,463.62. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index eased 0.27 percent, or 8.05 points, to 2,998.40 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.31 percent, or 5.25 points, to 1,670.10. Source : AFP

Pompeo : Trump's Iran Strategy is Working

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is working to find a diplomatic outcome to tensions with Iran, which has been blamed for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he warned if diplomacy fails President Donald Trump "will make necessary decisions to achieve our objectives." Pompeo told the ABC News that the recent Trump administration decision to send additional U.S. military forces and air defense equipment to Saudi Arabia  will "improve the capabilities" and "will make it more...

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