COMMODITIES
21 Jan
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SPD delegates vote to start formal talks on 'grand coalition'

Delegates from Germany's Socialist SPD party voted on Sunday to pursue formal coalition talks with the centre-right CDU/CSU parties led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

21 Jan
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Commodities: IEA forecasts "explosive" growth in non-OPEC oil supplies

Energy futures came under pressure from slight profit-taking on Friday after the International Energy Agency forecast a big supply-side response to crude oil futures hovering near $70 a barrel.

19 Jan
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Teams with ethnic and gender diversity better for business, study reveals

Businesses perform better when they have a greater ethnic and gender diversity, with less diverse companies being 29% more likely to be less profitable, according to a study conducted by McKinsey & Co.

19 Jan
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Boris Johnson suggests 22-mile long bridge across English Channel

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has discussed the possibility of building a bridge between the UK and France with French president Emmanuel Macron in order to facilitate transport after Brexit.

19 Jan
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SEC raises concerns over Bitcoin investor funds

The US Securities and Exchange Commission cautioned investors over bitcoin-themed investments on Thursday, as the regulator warned the fund industry that it wanted answers to its vast concerns before making any moves to endorse multiple proposed products based on cryptocurrencies.

19 Jan
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SPD leader warns another German election would cause party further harm

Martin Schulz, the head of Germany's Social Democratic Party, urged members of his party to endorse coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union in order to avoid another national election that could cause the party further damage.

19 Jan
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US consumer confidence dips in January, Univ. of Michigan says

Consumer confidence in the US dipped at the start of January amid a small increase in expectations for gas prices and uncertainty around the lagged impact of tax cuts, according to the results of one of the most closely-followed sentiment surveys.

19 Jan
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Senate showdown looms to avert federal government shutdown

All eyes are on Capitol Hill and whether Senators from both sides of the aisle will manage to avert a federal government shutdown amid a looming bust-up over immigration.

18 Jan
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Commodities: Oil futures decline after DoE inventory data

Commodities were trading on a mixed note come Thursday, despite data showing a much-larger-than-forecast decline in US crude oil stockpiles and a slightly stronger than expected reading on Chinese gross domestic product in the fourth quarter.

18 Jan
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Bitcoin veterans unshaken by South Korea ban, as analysts battle over theory

Some of the most experienced Bitcoin investors are defying regulator's threats to ban trading in the cryptocurrency and say the restrictions can be circumvented easily, while the prices began to rebound after the huge recent crash.

18 Jan
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BP and Shell eyeing first purchases of Libyan crude in four years

Royal Dutch Shell and BP are said to have agreed to annual purchase deals of Libyan crude on Thursday as recovering production levels from the North African nation and decreased security fears began to draw in several of the world's largest oil companies.

18 Jan
Alcoa falls short of Wall Street expectations

US aluminium producer Alcoa's fourth-quarter profit and revenue fell short of market estimates as higher power prices in Spain coupled with ongoing droughts in Brazil that hampered bauxite production, increased expenses.

18 Jan
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World confidence in US leadership has slumped under Trump administration

Global approval of the US has fallen to a new low, from 48% under Obama to 30% under Trump, Gallup’s global leadership poll finds.

18 Jan
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Jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1973

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, according to figures from the Labor Department.

18 Jan
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Sharp fall in US December housing starts, but permits stable

Homebuilding activity in the US hit the skids at the end of the year in part due to poor weather.

18 Jan
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Philly Fed factory index dips in January, as expected

Factory activity in the US mid-Atlantic region cooled in January, according to the results of one of the most widely-followed surveys for the sector.

18 Jan
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Nestle sells US confectionery business to Ferrero in $2.8bn cash deal

Nestle has agreed to sell its US confectionery business to Italian group Ferrero for $2. 8bn in cash.

18 Jan
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China fourth quarter GDP growth beats forecasts, but some economists sceptical

China's economy grew more quickly than expected in 2017, according to both official and private sector estimates, but some economists believed the official figures belied the extent of the slowdown in the fourth quarter.

17 Jan
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Bitcoin's 50% plunge and Ripple effect in cryptocurrencies rout

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies have plunged to four-week lows due to a loss of confidence sparked by regulatory proposals in South Korea and the unknown result of the expiry of initial futures contracts.

17 Jan
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Ferrexpo margins to hit their high-water mark in 2018, Credit Suisse says

Credit Suisse boosted its target price for shares of iron ore miner Ferrexpo by well over a third on the back of the recovery in prices seen over the past year and after the pellet premium surprised to the upside.