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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices were flat on Thursday after the arrest of a top executive at China-based Huawei Technologies sparked worries that it could reignite the U.S.-Sino trade dispute. Comex gold futures for February delivery inched up 0.04% to $1,243.05 a troy ounce as of 8:52 AM ET (13:52 GMT). Market sentiment was on edge after Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer at smartphone company Huawei was arrested in Canada on an an extradition request by the U.S. The U.S. has been investigating whether or not she violated sanctions against Iran.
- OPEC tentatively agreed an oil-output cut on Thursday but was waiting to hear from non-OPEC heavyweight Russia before deciding the exact volumes for a production reduction aimed at propping up crude prices, two sources from the group said. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak flew home from Vienna earlier for talks with President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg.
- The Trump administration is expected on Thursday to roll back an Obama-era rule that requires new coal plants to capture their carbon emissions, a move that could crack open the door in coming years for new plants fired by the fossil fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make an “energy policy announcement” at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) on Thursday.
- Remainers were jubilant when an adviser to the European Union’s top court said the U.K. should be able to change its mind about Brexit. But the opinion of Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona is non-binding on the EU’s Court of Justice — meaning judges can decide for themselves as they prepare to issue a landmark ruling on whether Britain could unilaterally revoke the “Article 50” letter that started the clock ticking on Brexit.
- China and India may be talking about improving their trade relationship but there is little action to go with the words. According to Indian government officials and representatives of various Indian trade bodies, progress is very slow – and may even be getting slower after last weekend’s truce between the United States and China in their trade war. Both India and China have sought to rebuild trust after a armed standoff over a stretch of the Himalayan border last year.
- Britain will suspend its top tier investor visas, which require 2 million pounds ($2.55 million) in investment, as part of a drive to crack down on organized crime and money laundering. From Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern oil barons to newly-minted Chinese entrepreneurs, the wealthy have flocked to London over the past two decades, snapping up everything from opulent homes to soccer clubs.