Apart from the protests, the U.K.'s opposition to the detention of one of its consulate employees in Hong Kong, who was a Chinese citizen, may have also contributed to the decision, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters. It was devised as a way to improve bilateral ties and was a major step by China to open up its capital markets by allowing Chinese firms to expand their investor base and giving mainland investors access to UK-listed companies.
A reading below 50 indicates the sector is in contraction, and December's reading marked the fifth straight month below that benchmark level. Friday's data, compiled from a monthly survey of purchasing and supply executives across the USA, was the lowest reading since June 2009.
After the USA announced it did the airstrike and killed a military leader, that sent shock waves across the market because we we've seen increasing tension between the USA and Iran. On average in Alabama, the price of regular unleaded fuel was up just under 1 cent compared to Thursday. Trump authorized the release of oil from the reserve in September after a series of drone attacks in Saudi Arabia knocked out half of the kingdom's crude output, or about 5% of world supplies, and sent ...
France and Germany have been among the countries Mike Pompeo hit out at as he praised U.S. allies in the Middle East for their support in the aftermath of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani's assassination. Trump is now facing calls to release more information about the alleged plot to attack Americans. Following the assassination, European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell urged all parties "to exercise maximum restraint and show responsibility in this crucial moment".
Shares of Tesla jumped as much as 2% in early trading Friday morning following the news. Tesla says Autopilot "enables your auto to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically within its lane" but does not make the vehicle autonomous. Final numbers could vary by 0.5% or more, the company said, as paperwork is processed and finalized. Tesla broke ground on the factory less than a year ago, and expects to produce more than 3,000 vehicles per week there.
Gold prices rose more than 1% on Friday. Bullion rallied as much as 1.4 per cent to US$1,550.43 an ounce in London, reaching the highest since September. "On Friday, spot prices in Mumbai jumped to touch ₹41,000 but very soon it could cross ₹45,000 as currency weakens and concerns rise", said Akhilesh Mehta, proprietor, AR Plus, a jewellery store in Zaveri Bazaar, adding that people, however, are still buying gold as a further rise in prices is expected.