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- Gold prices recovered from an 18-month low on Tuesday, as the U.S. dollar softened, . Comex gold futures for August delivery rose 0.47% to $1,204.50 a troy ounce as of 10:37 AM ET (14:37 GMT). Gold fell to an 18-month low on Monday, after economic turmoil in Turkey caused the Turkish lira to plunge to an all-time low of 7.1289. The lira recovered on Tuesday, breaking a 5-day losing streak after the country’s central bank pledged to provide liquidity in response to a meltdown that led to a global sell-off in equities.
- Prices for U.S. farm exports dropped in July by the most in more than six years as a trade war with China heated up, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday. Agricultural export prices fell 5.3 percent from the prior month, the biggest drop since October 2011, as soybean prices plummeted 14.1 percent. Export prices for corn, wheat, fruits and nuts also slumped in July. The overall export price index dropped 0.5 percent, the most since May 2017, the department said.
- Oil prices rose on Tuesday after reports revealed that top exporter Saudi Arabia cut production one month after it agreed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to produce more crude. Meanwhile, OPEC remains positive on overall demand. Brent Oil Futures for October delivery went up 0.30% to $72.83 per barrel at 1:00AM ET (05:00 GMT), while Crude Oil WTI Futures for September delivery also edged upwards by 0.45% to $67.50 per barrel.
- A planned budget for the euro zone could be integrated into the broader spending funds of the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, adding she sees no immediate need for a finance minister for the currency bloc. Speaking to residents of the eastern city of Jena during a “town hall” meeting, Merkel repeated her support for an agreement reached with France in June to boost investments and strengthen economic convergence in the euro zone.
- Major Tesla Inc (O:TSLA) shareholder, Fidelity Investments, cut its stake in the electric automaker by 21 percent during the second quarter, before Chief Executive Elon Musk announced his plan to take the company private earlier this month. FMR LLC, the Boston-based manager of the Fidelity funds, sold 3 million shares, or a fifth of its stake, and held under 11.2 million shares by June 30, it said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late on Friday.
- The Turkish lira crisis is far from over. The country is potentially heading into a balance-of-payments crisis, according to UBS. President Tayyip Erdogan has made multiple speeches showing that he does not understand basic economics. Without a sharp rise in interest rates, which Erdogan opposes, Turkey may have to restrict cash withdrawals from banks or get a bailout from the IMF.
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