31Jul

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Gold prices were flat on Monday as investors wait for a flurry of central bank policy decisions this week. Comex gold futures for August delivery rose 0.02% to $1,223.20 a troy ounce as of 11:07 AM ET (15:07 GMT). The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a policy decision scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Investors do not expect the Fed to increase interest rates this week, but there is an 87.8% chance the central bank will hike rates in September.
  • Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway. To date, no other exporters have followed suit. A full blockage of the strategic waterway would virtually halt shipment to Europe and the United States of about 4.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and refined petroleum products.
  • Oil prices traded higher on Monday, bouncing back after their fourth-straight weekly loss last week amid emerging evidence of oversupply, as some traders moved in at lower prices amid a confluence of bullish factors. New Yorktraded West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained $1.39, or 2.02%, to $70.08 a barrel by 11:04 AM ET (15:04 GMT).

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • The United States has eased export controls for high technology product sales to India, granting it the same access as NATO allies, Australia, Japan and South Korea, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday. Ross, speaking at U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, said the move to grant Strategic Trade Authorization status STA1 to India reflects its efforts to improve its own export control regime, its adherence to multilateral export rules and its growing status as a U.S. defense partner.
  • Ukraine lost the bulk of a legal dispute against Russia on Monday, when a World Trade Organization dispute panel struck out many of its arguments about Russia refusing to use Ukrainian railway equipment, a major export for Kiev. Ukraine complained to the WTO in 2015 about Russia’s rejection of Ukrainian rolling stock, railroad switches and other railroad equipment, but the WTO ruled that the security situation was such that Russian inspectors sent to check that Ukraine’s exports complied with Russian standards would have been risking their lives, and Russia was therefore justified.
  • Building on President Donald Trump’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced $113 million in new regional investments focused on technology, energy and infrastructure. The announcement comes at a time when trade frictions with China have given U.S. trade diplomacy a sharper edge.

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30Jul

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Metal prices traded mixed benefiting from a weaker dollar despite a preliminary reading of second-quarter U.S. economic growth showing the economy grew at its fastest pace in nearly four years. Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $1.60, or 0.13%, to $1,224.10 a troy ounce, but remained well above an intraday low of $1,216.70.
  • An agreement by the European Union to increase soy imports from the United States will not harm EU farmers, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said in an interview published on Saturday. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to increase soy imports in a deal reached with U.S. President Donald Trump, under which Washington will suspend the imposition of new tariffs on the EU.
  • Venezuela’s highly subsidized gasoline, cheaper than anywhere in the world, could be more expensive starting next month. Why? The smallest coin that will be available in the market will be enough to fill 100 SUV tanks. The bizarre situation is the result of a rapidly depreciating currency, hyperinflation and ridiculously low prices for fuel. President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to redenominate the bolivar on Aug. 20 by lopping off five zeroes means that 50-cent coins for the new “sovereign” bolivar will be worth 50,000 of the old (and poorly named) “strong” bolivar.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • Top BlackRock Inc (N:BLK) bond investor Rick Rieder halved exposure in recent months to a once-major bet in his portfolios on emerging markets on concerns including that the dollar could move higher, he told Reuters on Friday. “I still would argue volatility is going to be higher, the dollar could potentially continue to grind higher,” said Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of global fixed income. “It’s just prudent to run a smaller exposure.”
  • Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday that the negotiating teams for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are ready to kick off talks again after they stalled last month. NAFTA talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada had stalled since June when the United States imposed tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum. Both countries responded with levies on products including U.S. pork, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon.
  • President Sebastian Pinera wanted to make one thing perfectly clear about Moody’s Investors Service’s decision to downgrade Chile’s credit rating: It’s not my fault. “The reaction of the rating agency is due to things that happened in previous years,” Pinera, who took office March 11, told reporters Friday. “As you well know, our government is correcting those reasons.” Moody’s reduced Chile’s senior unsecured debt ratings to A1 from Aa3, citing a gradual and broadbased deterioration in the country’s credit profile.

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27Jul

COMEX MARKET IN MALAYSIA | GOLD TRADING FORECAST TODAY

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Gold prices eased on Thursday as immediate global trade tension eased U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work towards eliminating trade barriers. Gold Futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchangeis was down 0.2% to a trading price of $1,229.90 each troy ounce at 1:30AM ET (05:30 GMT).
  • Natural gas futures rose to the highest levels of the session on Thursday, after data showed that supplies in storage rose much less than forecast last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that natural gas storage in the U.S. rose by 24 billion cubic feet (bcf) in the week ended July 20, below forecasts for a gain of 36 bcf. That compared with a build of 46 bcf in the preceding week, an increase of 17 bcf a year earlier and a five-year average rise of 46 bcf.
  • U.S. crude oil prices inched down on Thursday while Brent rose after Saudi Arabia said it was suspending oil shipping in the Red Sea. West Texas Crude oil futures fell 0.03% to $69.28 a barrel as of 10:27 AM ET (14:27 GMT). Meanwhile Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., increased 0.05% to $73.97. Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil exporter in the world, said it was temporarily halting oil shipments through the Red Sea after an attack by Yemen’s Houthi movement.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • Chinese and U.S. envoys presented radically differing visions of China’s economic model at the World Trade Organization on Thursday, a choice between “the world’s most protectionist economy” and a growth story that had benefited all countries. U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea was presenting a paper entitled “China’s trade-disruptive economic model” to the last WTO meeting before a summer break, overshadowed by a nascent multi-billion dollar trade war between the two economic giants.
  • The Bank of England looks set to pass a post-financial crisis milestone next week by finally raising interest rates above their emergency levels set more than nine years ago. But with a potentially messy Brexit nearing, Governor Mark Carney may sound cautious about the pace of further moves away from the BoE’s still-powerful stimulus program. In March 2009, when the financial crisis was raging, the BoE slashed its benchmark rate to 0.5 percent to stave off the risk of a depression.
  • The U.S. economy is growing at a 3.8 percent annualized rate in the second quarter following the latest data on domestic durable goods orders and advance trade balance, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Thursday. The latest estimate on gross domestic product growth was slower than the 4.5 percent pace estimated on July 18, the Atlanta Fed said.

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INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ

Forex – Dollar Slips, Euro Flat Before Trump-Juncker Talks
Forex – EURUSD Trades Must Account for EU-US Trade Talks, Then ECB Decision
Forex – GBP/USD clings to gains near 1-week tops, above mid-1.3100s

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD struggles to set its next short-term direction as it fluctuates in a very narrow 35-pip on Wednesday. After advancing above the 1.17 mark in the early NA session, the pair came under a modest pressure and turned flat on the day near 1.1690. Earlier today, the data released by the European Central Bank showed that new loans issued to consumers and businesses in the private sector rose by 2.9% on a yearly basis in June to come in slightly below the market expectation of 3% but failed to receive a notable reaction from the markets. According to the monthly report released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home sales decreased from 666K in May to 631K in June to miss the experts’ estimate of 670K. This number represented a 5.3% fall from May to June. Despite the disappointing data, theUS Dollar Index started to pull away from the session low it set at 94.35 and was last seen down 0.15% on the day at 94.50.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair held on to its positive tone through the mid-European session, albeit has retreated few pips from fresh one week tops touched earlier today. The UK PM Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday, saying that she will personally lead the Brexit negotiations with the European Union assisted the pair to build on its overnight positive momentum. The up-move was further supported by the latest UK CBI realized sales data that showed strong spending trend for the second straight month in July, albeit at a slower pace than in June. This coupled with the prevalent US Dollar selling bias, undermined by weaker US Treasury bond yields, provided an additional boost and lifted the pair to an intraday high level of 1.3170. With investors turning cautious ahead of a crucial trade meeting between the US President
Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, growing concerns over a no-deal/disorderly Brexit might now keep a lid on any strong follow through.

 

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26Jul

TODAY’S COMEX GOLD SIGNAL AND DAILY TECHNICAL REPORT

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Gold prices slipped for two consecutive days as dollar slightly rose on Wednesday ahead of a meeting between and U.S. and European Commission presidents for trade-related talks. Gold Futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchangeis was down 0.11% to a trading price of $1,224.10 each troy ounce at 1:00AM ET (05:00 GMT).
  • Qatar is building a sugar refinery in a bid to avoid supply disruptions after neighboring Gulf Arab states severed economic and political ties with Doha more than a year ago, sources say. In normal trading conditions, building a refinery in Qatar would make little commercial sense because of depressed sugar prices, surplus world stocks and the presence of regional refineries that could provide supplies, the sources said.
  • U.S. crude stocks fell last week, while gasoline and distillate inventories also declined, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Crude inventories fell by 6.1 million barrels in the week to July 20, compared with analysts’ expectations for a decrease of 2.3 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub fell by 1.1 million barrels, EIA said. Refinery crude runs rose by 46,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • The International Monetary Fund has given its backing to Ukraine’s plans for an anti-corruption court, removing one of the key hurdles needed for the government to get its next $2 billion tranche of aid. The court is being set up as part of Ukraine’s $17.5 billion bailout and has become a symbol of its efforts to stamp out high-level corruption that has blighted the country for decades.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of targeting American farmers in a “vicious” way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade. “China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage of the U.S. They are being vicious in what will be their failed attempt. We were being nice – until now!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said a plan by the Trump administration to pay as much as $12 billion in relief to U.S. farmers hurt by a burgeoning trade dispute is a stop-gap proposal and doesn’t signal a willingness to make a habit of aid programs. “What we’ve put on the board is what I think is a temporary assistance measure, I don’t think it’s going to get near to $12 billion,” Kudlow said during an interview on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. “Nobody’s really thrilled about this. We’re just trying to protect American agriculture from some of the unfair trading practices.”

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25Jul

COMEX MARKET IN MALAYSIA | GOLD TRADING FORECAST TODAY

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Gold prices were trading slightly lower on Tuesday as the dollar edged up after a sharp decline in the previous session. Gold Futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchangeis was down 0.47% to a trading price of $1,219.8 each troy ounce at 1:10AM ET (05:10 GMT).
  • Rising oil revenues are greatly improving the outlook for budget and trade balances among Gulf Arab countries but will do very little to boost economic growth, a quarterly Reuters poll of economists showed. The benchmark Brent oil price (LCOc1) has averaged about $71.60 a barrel so far this year, up from $55 last year. Also, Gulf states are set to export more oil this year after global producers agreed last month to boost output, partly to compensate for anticipated losses in production by Iran, which faces U.S. sanctions.
  • U.S. crude oil prices were higher on Tuesday, as Iran threatened to retaliate against the U.S. if the government tries to block its oil exports. West Texas Crude oil futures rose 1.24% to $68.73 a barrel as of 10:32 AM ET (14:32 GMT). Meanwhile Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., increased 0.79% to $73.64. The U.S. has threatened to block oil trade with Iran after Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Tehran.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • The trade is familiar to investors worldwide: in times of turmoil, rush for cover by buying the Japanese yen. This year a global trade row has erupted, Donald Trump has lamented the dollar’s strength – ignoring a custom that U.S. presidents avoid openly interfering in financial markets – and the Chinese yuan has tumbled. And yet the yen has stayed resolutely weak, becoming the weakest of the G10 developed market currencies this month.
  •  The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that the U.S. dollar is over-valued, China’s yuan is in line with fundamentals and nearly half of global current account balances are now excessive, adding to growth risks and trade tensions. The IMF, in its annual External Sector Report, which assesses exchange rates and current account surpluses and deficits, also said current account surpluses and deficits are becoming increasingly concentrated in advanced economies.
  • The chief trade negotiator of the incoming Mexican administration, Jesus Seade, said on Tuesday he expected the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)to be agreed in the next few months. “What I see … to be a very feasible expectation is that we’ll be concluding the negotiation in the next two months if possible, or in the next few months a bit further down the road,” Seade told Mexican radio.

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24Jul

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • U.S. crude oil prices were steady on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran over Twitter on Sunday night. West Texas Crude oil futures rose 0.31% to $68.47 a barrel as of 10:42 AM ET (14:42 GMT). Meanwhile Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., increased 0.63% to $73.53. Prices surged earlier in the session after Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday to “never, ever threaten the U.S. again,” or Iran would “suffer the consequences.”
  • Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co (N:HAL) on Monday reported a 24 percent increase in quarterly revenue, narrowly beating analysts’ estimates, as higher oil prices sparked a surge in U.S. crude production activity. Halliburton has benefited from soaring U.S. oil production, which reached a record 11 million barrels per day in July, according to a government estimate.
  • The world’s largest oil companies are pumping more natural gasthan ever before, helping to spur a rise in profits while sating rising global demand for fuels that can mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions. This marks a shift over the past decade for an industry that once focused predominantly on crude oil, with gas in most cases an after-thought. Now, the rise of gas-powered electric generation, surging production from U.S shale fields and the burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry that makes shipping the fuel possible, have conspired to create a boom.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • Real gross-domestic-product growth in the country slipped 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% in the second quarter, the statistics bureau reported Monday, a pace not seen since 2016. That is still over the government’s target of around 6.5%, and year-over-year growth remained at 6.8%. The fall was widely expected after Chinese policymakers began a campaign to curb financial leverage last year, which analysts say has weighed heavily on growth.
  • Canada’s economic growth is strong and some housing market vulnerabilities have improved, but trade policy is a big risk to the outlook and the government should reform taxes to boost corporate competitiveness, the OECD said on Monday. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said while GDP growth is projected to remain robust, with exports underpinned by strong global demand, rising rates will sap some consumer strength.
  • China will adopt a more vigorous fiscal policy to help tackle external uncertainties without resorting to strong policy stimulus, state radio said on Monday, citing the cabinet. Slowing economic growth has sparked a heated debate among government researchers on whether fiscal policy should play a bigger role in softening the impact of a trade war with the United States. “The proactive fiscal policy will become more active,” state radio cited a statement issued after a cabinet meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, as saying.

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23Jul

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Metal prices were higher Friday as the dollar moved sharply lower after President Donald Trump said higher interest rates and the strength of the greenback were hampering economic growth. Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose by $8.10, or 0.66%, to $1,232.30 a troy ounce from a session low of $1.215.50.
  • The U.S. oil and gas industry is lobbying against tighter sanctions on Russia that could impact U.S. investments there, congressional sources said on Friday. The U.S. Senate has revived a bill, called DETER, that would allow for swift sanctions if Moscow was found meddling in future U.S. elections. Both Democrats and Republicans are looking to redress what they consider President Donald Trump’s weak stance on accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
  • President Donald Trump said he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of goods the U.S. imports from China, remarks that sent financial markets retreating and threatened to escalate a trade clash with the Asian giant. “We’re down a tremendous amount,” Trump said in an interview about trade imbalances with China on CNBC broadcast on Friday.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • The United States is monitoring the recent weakness in China’s yuan currency and will review whether the currency has been manipulated, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Reuters on Friday. Mnuchin said in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the yuan’s weakness would be reviewed as part of the U.S. Treasury’s semi-annual report on currency manipulation. The report is due on Oct. 15 and will be based on activity for the first six months of 2018.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump may not be happy about the strength of the U.S. dollar, but the greenback’s recent rally may partly be a product of his own making. The U.S. dollar has been climbing against major currencies for several months, with thedollar index (DXY) up nearly 7.0 percent over the last three months and on Thursday hit a one year high.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that Deutsche Bank (DE:DBKGn) (N:DB) has agreed to pay nearly $75 million to settle an investigation into the mishandling of pre-release American Depositary Receipts (ADR). Deutsche Bank did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings but agreed to return its “ill-gotten gains” and comply with the SEC’s fine, the regulator said. The SEC said its investigation has revealed “industrywide abuses” in pre-released ADRs, said Stephanie Avakian, of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

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23Jul
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INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ
Forex – Dollar on Track for Weekly Drop as Trump Blasts Fed Policy
Forex – Flailing Euro Is Unlikely to Find Any Succor From ECB Meeting
Forex – GBP/USD spikes to fresh session tops, 1.31 mark back on sight

EUR/USD

The euro has been treading water. It is unlikely to find a rescuing hand from the European Central Bank, whose policy makers meet next week. While analysts expect the shared currency to strengthen as the year progresses, conviction in that view is shaky, with strategists having pared their calls recently. The euro was knocked down after the ECB’s mid-June policy review, when President Mario Draghi dashed expectations for tightening in early 2019. Since then, trade tensions have heightened and core inflation in the euro area has been revised downward, which gives the ECB little incentive to change tack any time soon. The policy divergence between the Federal Reserve and the ECB is another factor that is curbing enthusiasm on the euro. Shorter-term bond yields, which are usually more sensitive to changing views on monetary policy, are in favor of the dollar: the two-year yield differential between U.S. Treasuries and German bunds widened this week to more than 300 basis points, the most in data going back to 1990.

GBP/USD

The GBP/USD pair reversed a dip to sub-1.3000 level and spiked to fresh session tops around the 1.3080-85 region in the last hour. The pair built on its overnight rebound from 10-month lows and caught some bids since the early European session, snapping three consecutive days of losing streak. A follow-through US Dollar retracement on Friday was seen as one of the key factors that helped the pair to recover all of its
previous session’s losses. The latest leg of a spike over the past hour or so could be attributed to the US President Donald Trump’s comments, via Twitter, expressing displeasure over the Fed’s monetary policy tightening. The greenback was also being weighed down by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard’s dovish comments, saying that yield curve inversion is a bearish signal on the economy and the Fed should hold
off on hiking further.

 

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20Jul

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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS

  • Metal prices continued to falter on Thursday amid trade concerns and a strengthening U.S. dollar. Comex gold futures for August delivery decreased 0.88% to a one-and-a-half-year low of $1,217.10 a troy ounce as of 10:58 AM ET (14:58 GMT). The precious metal was held back as trade tensions continued after China said the White House was wrong to blame Chinese President Xi Jinping for blocking progress on a trade deal.
  • Oil prices rose on Thursday, as a Saudi Arabian official indicated that the country’s exports will be little changed despite a large increase in production. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 53 cents, or 0.8% to $68.28 a barrel by 11:29 AM ET (15:29 GMT). Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., traded up 38 cents, or 0.5%, to $73.28.
  •  The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report thatnatural gas storage in the U.S. increased by 46 billion cubic feet in the week ended July 13, compared to forecasts for a build of 58 billion. Thursday’s data compared with a gain of 51 billion cubic feet (bcf) in the preceding week and represented a decline of 710 billion from a year earlier and was also 535 bcf below the five-year average.

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ECONOMY NEWS

  • European Union countries will suffer long-term damage equivalent to about 1.5 percent of annual economic output if Britain leaves the bloc without a free trade deal next year, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 next year, and Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to reach a consensus within her own Conservative Party on what future ties with the EU should look like, let alone broker a final deal with the EU.
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday it was “too early” to say if the United States would impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars and parts, a suggestion that has been met with harsh criticism from the industry. The department opened an investigation in May into whether imported autos and parts pose a national security risk and was holding a hearing on the probe on Thursday, taking testimony from auto trade groups, foreign governments and others.
  • Russian lawmakers backed a proposal on Thursday to raise the retirement age in a preliminary vote, part of an unpopular budget package designed to shore up government finances which has already dented President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings. Looking for extra money for the budget, the government proposed raising the retirement age. It made the announcement on June 14, the day Russia hosted the first match of the soccer World Cup, leading some critics to suggest the authorities were using the tournament to deflect attention from unpopular news.

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