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21 November 11:46 AM Uncertainty over Brexit forces UK investors to play it safe
Mubasher: With the stagnation looming over Brexit, resulting in an immense uncertainty, UK citizens are opting for safer investment and saving options.
20 November 05:00 PM US inks highest long-term LNG export contract volumes in 2019
Mozambique came in the second place with 9.7 mtpa of LNG under export contracts
19 November 05:53 PM European Union’s car market may see weak growth in 2020
Mubasher: The EU’s auto market saw solid growth in October, but such growth may not be painting a true picture of the market’s performance.
19 November 05:47 PM Four corporate debt markets set for further growth–Moody’s
The increase in local corporate bond markets is driven by a growth in the assets under management
19 November 04:25 PM Boeing, Air Astana ink deal for Boeing 737-MAX 8 airplanes
Mubasher: Air Astana, has signed a letter of intent with Boeing for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes worth $3.6 billion for FlyArystan.
15 November 10:25 PM Oil futures settle 94 cents higher on Friday
​​​​​​​Mubasher: Oil futures grew at Friday’s settlement, adding 0.8% for the week. 
15 November 10:04 PM Gold loses $5 at Friday’s settlement
Mubasher: Gold settled lower on Friday, adding 0.4% for the week.
15 November 06:38 PM US business inventories unchanged in September
Mubasher: US business inventories recorded no change in September, as retail stockpiles were weaker than earlier estimated, official figures showed on Friday.
15 November 06:14 PM US-China trade conflict could spiral into ‘capital war’–investment tycoon
Mubasher: Billionaire investor Ray Dalio warned that a trade war between the US and China could escalate into a capital war.
15 November 05:56 PM US industrial output posts sharpest drop in 1.5 years
Mubasher: US industrial production saw its biggest drop since more than one year and a half in October, due to a plunge in auto output.
15 November 05:32 PM US import prices fall in October on lower petroleum costs
Mubasher: The costs of the imported goods into the US fell in October, on the back of lower prices of imported petroleum products.
15 November 05:05 PM NY manufacturing business gauge extends fall in November
Mubasher: US manufacturing business activity extended a growth slowdown in November for the sixth month running.
15 November 04:45 PM US retail sales rebound in October
Mubasher: Initial reading indicated that US retail sales rose by 0.3% in October, on a seasonally adjusted basis, official data showed on Friday.
15 November 03:48 PM Iran hikes fuel prices as US sanctions bite
Mubasher: Iran radically raised on Friday its subsidised fuel prices, including gasoline, having imposed full petrol rationing again, according to state-run news agency IRNA.
15 November 03:14 PM China’s C.bank unexpectedly pumps $28bn; holds rate
Mubasher: The People's Bank of China provided 200 billion Chinese yuan ($28.49 billion) through its medium-term lending facility on Friday.
15 November 02:11 PM Eurozone runs EUR 19bn trade surplus in September
Mubasher: The September trade balance came higher than a surplus of EUR 12.6 billion a year ago.
15 November 01:45 PM Eurozone annual inflation extends slowdown in October
Mubasher: Final estimates indicated that the Eurozone annual inflation grew at 0.7% in October, down from 0.8% in September.
15 November 12:52 PM OPEC, allies could face tough competition in 2020–IEA
Mubasher: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers would be in the face of fierce competition next year.
15 November 12:29 PM UK’s Labour pledges nationalising BT units in free broadband push
Mubasher: The UK’s opposition Labour Party intends to nationalise telecoms giant BT’s fixed line network, in a push to offer free full-fibre broadband.
15 November 11:12 AM Gold drops as US-Sino trade deal optimism thwarts risk appetite
Mubasher: Gold fell on remarks from White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow that the US is “getting close” to an interim trade deal with China.
15 November 10:49 AM Oil rises amid hopes for OPEC supply restraints, US-China deal
Mubasher: Oil rose as prospects of further supply cuts were raised on the back of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' demand outlook.
14 November 07:04 PM US oil inventories climb as futures surge
Mubasher: US crude oil stockpiles climbed by 2.2 million barrels to 449 million barrels in the week ended 8 November.
14 November 06:32 PM US natural gas storage edges up as futures soar
Mubasher: US natural gas storage edged up by 3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in the week ended 8 November, to a total of 3,732 Bcf.
14 November 06:13 PM OPEC projects smaller oil market surplus in 2020
Mubasher: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Thursday said that oil markets would see a smaller surplus next year.
14 November 05:30 PM OPEC ramps up oil production in October
Mubasher: Oil output from member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) climbed last October, led by increases from Saudi Arabia, the