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Business News
US-Iran fears buoy oil prices as focus turns to Trump-Xi talks
 
Hong Kong: Oil prices extended gains Monday as rising US-Iran tensions fuelled supply concerns, while Asian equity traders moved cautiously ahead of a crunch meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this week.

Both main crude contracts are up almost 10 per cent since Tehran last week shot down a US "spy drone" for breaching its airspace, ratcheting up fears of a conflict between the old foes.

At the weekend Trump said he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran, following bans of countries buying its oil, while US media reports said Washington secretly launched cyber-attacks against missile control systems and a spy network.

Both sides say they want to avoid war, but tensions have spiralled as a series of incidents, including the drone downing and recent attacks on tankers, raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict.

The US president said he was ready to reach out to Iran if it renounced nuclear weapons, adding that if leaders did so "I'm going to be their best friend".

But Iran continues to insist its atomic programme is for civilian purposes.

Brent rose 0.3 per cent Monday and WTI was 0.5 per cent higher.

"The geopolitical escalation in the Middle East is unquestionably a bullish short-term signal for oil markets, as even the thought of 20 per cent of the world oil supply being affected is enough to trigger significant tremors," said Stephen Innes, managing partner at Vanguard Markets.

"And these tremors are noticeably moving up the Richter scale."

The stand-off, coupled with a weak dollar as the Federal Reserve flags an interest rate cut, has helped push gold prices to six-year highs above USD 1,400 as dealers look for a safe haven to park their cash.

Still, share markets remain buoyant on hopes Trump and Xi can break an impasse in their trade war when they meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka this week.

Global equities have been rallying since Trump hailed positive telephone talks last week and said the two would have a face-to-face in Japan, fuelling hopes of a possible end to their long-running tariffs battle.

In morning trade Hong Kong was up 0.4 per cent, while Shanghai added 0.2 per cent and Tokyo went into the break 0.1 per cent higher.

Seoul, Wellington and Manila added 0.2 per cent each, though Sydney, Singapore, Taipei and Jakarta were in the red.

The dollar continues to face pressure from bets the Fed will lower borrowing costs as soon as July as it looks to head off the effects of the trade spat and as the US economy shows signs of softening.

The greenback slipped against its major peers and most high-yielding units, with the Australian dollar and South Korean won 0.4 per cent higher.

The Turkish lira jumped 0.8 per cent after the opposition candidate in Istanbul's controversial mayoral election re-run again beat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party.

Bitcoin continued to rise, breaking the USD 11,000 mark briefly for the first time since March last year, as the cryptocurrency sector gets a huge boost from Facebook's unveiling of its own unit.

The tech titan said it will launch Libra next year, with the backing by a basket of real-world currencies and a consortium of companies including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Uber.

"Libra will now have to deal with a ton of regulatory scrutiny, but that won't matter in the bigger picture for crypto traders of other coins," said OANDA senior market analyst Edward Moya.

"Bitcoin volatility is likely to persist, with USD 12,000 and USD 15,000 as the next two critical resistance levels."

Bitcoin has risen about 20 per cent this month alone but is still well off the record levels near USD 20,000 seen at the end of 2017.


Kotak Mahindra Bank Q1 consolidated up 23 pc; standalone net jumps 33 pc to Rs 1,360 cr
Investor wealth plummets over Rs 4 lakh cr in 3 days of market fall
UK car sector accelerates towards electric future
China importers seek to lift tariffs on US farm goods: State media
LIC offers Rs 1.25 lakh cr line of credit by 2024 to fund highway projects: Gadkari
Air India passengers travelling to UAE can now carry 40 kgs of check-in luggage
Huawei planning major job cuts in US: WSJ
China GDP growth slows to 6.2 pc in second quarter
RBI to come out with mobile app for currency notes identification
Nine of top-10 firms lose Rs 88,609 cr in m-cap
Pak, Afghan resume transit treaty negotiations
Blunt talk needed in country today, Murthy says, cites his spat with Sikka
Gadkari appeals to MSMEs to plant trees
Infosys Q1 net grows 5.2 pc to Rs 3,802 cr; ups revenue guidance to 8.5-10%
Vistara announces international operations; to launch services to Singapore
Zomato partners with TikTok; conducts food drive in 74 cities
Sebi slaps Rs 65 lakh fine on individual for fraudulent trading
HDFC to raise up to Rs 3,000 cr via bonds to augment long-term capital
80 city-centric plans coming soon to make earth green, sky blue again: Javadekar
Parliament passes Aadhaar amendment bill
KERALA NEWS
Ramya Haridas to not accept Youth Congress' car gift
 Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP from Alathur Ramya Haridas Sunday said she will not accept the car w  
HC pulls up Kerala govt over Munnar encroachments
Student Stabbed at University College: SFI leaders have gone absconding
Ker CM takes a dig at Congress MLAs on quitting spree
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'
 Beijing, Jul 22 (AFP) China reacted furiously on Monday to anti-government protesters vandalising th
Britain's May chairs emergency session on seized tanker
UK finance minister says will quit if Johnson becomes PM
Netanyahu to visit India on Sep 9 to meet PM Modi
NATIONAL NEWS
SC to hear on Aug 6 plea by Ahmed Patel against Guj HC order on his election to RS
 New Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) The Supreme Court Monday fixed August 6 for hearing the plea of senior Congr
Nadda pulls up Pragya Singh Thakur for her toilet remarks
Chandrayaan-2 illustrates India's determination to scale new frontiers of science: PM
Pragya's latest: Have not become MP to clean toilets
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