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- Gold prices ticked higher on Wednesday, hitting the best levels of the session after data showed that U.S. consumer price growth slowed in November. Comex gold futures were up $4, or about 0.3%, at $1,251.20 a troy ounce by 8:45 AM ET (13:45 GMT), not far from a five-month peak of $1,256.60 touched at the start of the week. Meanwhile, spot gold was trading at $1,246.28 per ounce, up $3.30, or 0.25%.
- OPEC said on Wednesday it had offset a drop in sanctions-hit Iranian oil exports and lowered the 2019 forecast of demand for its crude, underlining the challenge the producer group faces to prevent a glut even after last week’s decision to trim output. In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said 2019 demand for its crude would fall to 31.44 million barrels per day, 100,000 bpd less than predicted last month and 1.53 million less than it currently produces.
- Oil rose to about $61 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by an industry report showing a drop in U.S. crude inventories, a cut in Libyan exports and an OPEC-led deal to trim output. The American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday that U.S. crude inventories dropped by 10.2 million barrels last week, more than analysts had forecast. Official inventory figures are due later on Wednesday. Brent crude (LCOc1), the global benchmark, rose $1.07 to $61.27 by 0947 GMT.
- Proposals for reforming the World Trade Organization fail to deal with problems raised by the United States, U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea told the WTO’s General Council on Wednesday. “With respect to the proposal advanced by the European Union, China, and India, it is hard to see how it in any way responds to the concerns raised by the United States,” he said, according to a transcript provided to Reuters.
- China plans to give foreign companies greater access to its economy and is drafting a replacement of its plan to dominate advanced technologies by 2025, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing sources briefed on the strategy. Beijing’s changes would come in response to pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, who launched a tit-fortat tariff dispute with China this year aimed at balancing trade and giving American firms increased access to the world’s second-largest economy.
- European Union leaders will ditch proposals to use a euro zone budget for economic stabilization and restrict any funds to long-standing EU goals of convergence among their economies and increasing competitiveness, draft summit conclusions showed on Wednesday. The likely outcome of Friday’s summit are a blow to German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat who wanted any euro zone budget to play a stabilization role via a shared unemployment insurance scheme for the zone’s 19 member states.
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