World Bulletin / News Desk
Asian energy firms retreated Tuesday after a plunge in oil prices, while the pound's troubles mounted on worries about Britain's plans to leave the European Union.
The deal sent the cost of a barrel surging last month towards $60 on hopes the cuts could reduce a global glut that had sent prices to near 13-year lows last February.
However, Iraq’s oil minister said exports from its southern ports reached a record high in December, leading to suspicion it will not stick to the cuts, which came into effect on January 1.
"The Iraqi headlines have raised concerns about compliance," John Kilduff, a partner at New York-based hedge fund Again Capital LLC, told Bloomberg News.
"We need to see compliance outside of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the other Gulf states."
While both contracts edged up Tuesday, regional energy firms fell although they pared early losses. Sydney-listed Woodside Petroleum lost 0.1 percent and BHP Billiton was down 0.4 percent.
Inpex lost 1.5 percent in Tokyo and CNOOC was down 1.3 percent in Hong Kong. PetroChina was flat.
Turkish economy minister says growth will 'most likely' surpass 7 percent in first quarter of 2018
Net profit at the Frankfurt-based group fell 79 percent year-on-year to 120 million euros ($146 million).
BIST 100 index falls by over 2 percent at close, going down some 2,600 points from previous close
Policy rate, also known as one-week repo rate, remains same at 8 percent; lending rate rises 0.75 percent points
BIST 100 increases 0.29 percent; US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate stands at 4.0850
Local units operating in manufacturing industry work at 77.3 pct capacity in April, says Central Bank
Public sector net borrowing falls by 3.5 billion pounds in 2017-18 financial year, says Office of National Statistics
Indices for service, retail trade, construction sectors fall in current month compared with March: Official data
Data monitoring company IHS Markit also flagged a slight slowdown in France, where strikes were interrupting a resurgent boom on the back of government reforms.
Treasury reports central government debt stock in March rises around 15 pct year-on-year, reaching nearly $235 billion
Sales to foreigners amounted to 1,827, 15.8 pct rise year-on-year, according to official report
BIST 100 slips 0.15 percent; US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate stands at 4.0460
BIST 100 rises 0.01 percent; US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate drops to 4.0250
Fresh hopes that Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will hold a historic summit within months also provided some much-needed optimism.
The fund cautioned that investors and financial markets expect a steady approach to monetary tightening based on the belief inflation will remain relatively tame.