Economy

Australia’s central bank: it was likely to keep interest rates at record lows for some time yet

Australia’s central bank said it was likely to keep interest rates at record lows for some time yet, citing uncertainty about whether policy stimulus alone would be enough to offset a cooling mining sector and government cutbacks. In minutes of its July 1 meeting, where the central bank kept its cash rate at 2.5 percent for an eleventh month, the ...

Obama spoke on economy is not on the list of priorities for Texans

On Thursday, President Obama spoke to members of the Austin community on everything from Congressional gridlock to his love of good ole’ Texas barbecue — even making a headline-garnering trip to Franklin’s. There was one thing, however, that he seemed a bit hesitant to address: the refugee crisis currently being faced by the state at the border. Like any good ...

Turkey driven by ‘greed’ in Kurd oil row: Iraq deputy PM

Turkey has been “driven by greed” in an escalating row over oil pumped from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region and shipped overseas, Baghdad’s top politician responsible for energy told AFP Sunday. “We believe Turkey has been driven by greed to try to lay (its) hands on cheap Iraqi oil,” Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, said in an ...

Chinese government manufacturing expanded slightly in March

Official data from the Chinese government showed that manufacturing expanded slightly in March. A final reading of the official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was 50.3 in March, up from an eight-month low of 50.2 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. However, a separate survey by HSBC and Markit saw a contraction in Chinese manufacturing activity, with a reading ...

South Sudan oil production down 29 pct

Fighting in South Sudan has cut production from the country’s lifeline oil fields by about 29 percent, the press secretary to President Salva Kiir said in Khartoum Sunday. “South Sudan is still getting more than 175,000 barrels a day,” said Ateny Wek Ateny. That amount is down from 245,000 barrels per day before fighting began in mid-December between forces supporting ...

Mideast banking fees grow by 20 pct in 2013

Investment banking fees in the Middle East grew 20 percent last year, data compiled by Thomson Reuters showed, as capital markets activity continued to recover gradually from the global financial crisis. Total fees rose to $722 million in 2013, the highest since 2010, from $603 million in 2012 – though they were still only about half of the 2007 record ...

Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds

Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds, a 200 million rial ($520 million) issue, by mid-2015 to help finance a budget deficit caused by the plunge of oil prices, the head of its central bank said on Sunday. “The issue will be through the central bank for the local market,” central bank executive president Hamood Sangour ...

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