Commodities
10 Jan
cobalto
Electric car makers face higher costs as Congo eyes higher cobalt tax

The Democratic Republic of Congo has taken the first steps towards hiking taxes on cobalt exports by more than double, a move that could potentially increase the cost of a key material used in electric car batteries.

10 Jan
Money cash dollars
Reports say China may slow US Treasury purchases, trade tensions cited

Longer-term US Treasury yields jumped to near their 2017-highs following a report that Beijing might be looking to slow or stop its purchases of American government debt.

10 Jan
Nodding donkeys, pump-jacks, oil & gas, drilling
Soco International opts to impair $220m of charges from non-core African assets

Oil and gas exploration and production group Soco International, which had been in merger talks with Kuwait Energy for some time, announced on Wednesday that production from its Vietnamese operations remained in line with guidance.

10 Jan
bomba nuclear
US to loosen its nuclear weapons policy and develop low-yield bombs

Washington is planning on changing its nuclear weapons policy and developing more "usable" nuclear warheads for US on its Trident missiles.

10 Jan
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Chinese consumer prices rise less than forecast in December

Chinese consumer prices fell short of forecasts in December alongside a drop in factory gate inflation in the Asian giant to a 13-month low, possibly opening the way up for looser central bank policy.