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- The Trump Administration seems to be achieving its tri-fold agenda of punishing Iran while balancing the world’s energy needs and keeping oil prices low, as crude markets posted on Friday their largest weekly loss since February. Eight countries, including Japan, India, South Korea and China, will be given waivers to continue importing oil from Tehran once export sanctions against the Islamic Republic start this weekend, Bloomberg reported.
- Gold prices were higher on Friday as the U.S. dollar inched down, despite a better-than-expected jobs report. Comex gold futures for December delivery rose 0.11% to $1,237.40 a troy ounce as of 10:33 AM ET (14:33 GMT). Gold was higher due to a fall in the greenback. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, inched down 0.06% to 96.22.
- Earnings for the two largest U.S. oil companies on Friday jumped on higher crude prices and the nation’s shale boom, joining big oil rivals in posting sharply higher quarterly profit. Exxon Mobil Corp (N:XOM) posted a 57-percent increase on prices there were up 44 percent over a year ago helped by a lower tax rate while Chevron Corp’s (N:CVX) earnings doubled on surging output from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico. While Exxon’s results topped Wall Street forecasts, but shares were up fractionally as its oil and gas production declined for the ninth of the last 10 quarters.
- China will provide Pakistan with economic aid but more talks will take place to fix the details, a senior Chinese diplomat said, after new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday. Pakistan’s foreign reserves have plunged 42 percent since the start of the year and now stand at about $8 billion, or less than two months of import cover.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will likely make a deal with China on trade, adding that a lot of progress had been made to resolve the two countries’ differences but warning that he still may impose more tariffs on Chinese goods. “China very much wants to make a deal,” Trump told reporters in Washington just hours after his top economic adviser expressed caution about talk of a possible U.S.-China trade agreement.
- China is willing to resolve trade issues with the United States through mutually respectful talks and on an equal footing, said one of the country’s vice commerce ministers Wang Bingnan on Saturday. Beijing will jointly promote the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations, Wang told reporters at a news conference.
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