The pound fell on Monday after comments by UK finance minister Sajid Javid stoked fears about weak ties between the UK and the European Union following the country's departure from the bloc. In an interview with the Financial Times on Saturday, Javid said Britain would not commit to sticking to EU rules in post-Brexit trade talks. That is a threat to businesses that want to ease cross-border checks with the EU once the transition period following Britain's departure on Jan. 31 terminates at the end of the year. The pound was last down 0.2% against the U.S. dollar to $1.2978. It was down...

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Oil prices jumped after Iran attacked two U.S.-Iraqi bases in its first response to the killing of its top general, sparking fears the deepening conflict will disrupt global crude supplies. Futures in London briefly surged more than 5% to almost $72 a barrel as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed responsibility for the missile strikes, which the Pentagon said were launched...

The safe-haven Japanese yen jumped and gold shot higher on Wednesday after a rocket attack on a base hosting U.S. troops in Iraq renewed fears of a broader conflict breaking out in the Middle East and sent investors rushing to safety. Rockets were shot at multiple targets including Iraq's al Asad airbase, which hosts U.S. forces, U.S. officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of...

Gold surged above $1,600 an ounce to the highest level in more than six years after Iran attacked two U.S.-Iraqi airbases in its first retaliation against the U.S. killing of a top general last week. Spot bullion climbed as much as 2.4% to $1,611.42 an ounce, the highest level since 2013, and traded at $1,609.28 at 8:32 a.m. in Singapore. Iran fired a series of rockets at...

Oil surged to more than $65 a barrel in New York after Iran fired a series of rockets at two U.S.-Iraqi airbases, heightening fears that the U.S. killing of a top general will trigger a wider conflict in the Middle East that could disrupt global supplies. Crude has risen 6% since the U.S. assassinated General Qassem Soleimani last week sparking a furious reaction from Tehran and...

Oil futures settled with a loss on Tuesday, pulling back after posting gains in each of the last three sessions. U.S. benchmark crude on Monday marked their highest finish since May in the wake of last week's U.S. airstrike that killed a key Iranian military commander. Attention now turns to weekly U.S. petroleum supply data, due out from the American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday and the...

Gold futures climbed Tuesday to stretch their gains into a tenth consecutive session, marking their highest finish since April 2013.  "The latest spike in gold prices is being driven by the sudden escalation in US-Iran tensions, which is hitting world stock markets and leading investors to seek shelter," said Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault. However, "underlying demand for...

Gold held near the highest level in more than six years even as risk appetite crept back into global markets, with investors on alert for Iran's next move in the showdown with the U.S. Gold, which climbed 2.4% over the past two days to approach $1,600 an ounce, was little changed Tuesday as U.S. equity futures edged higher and stocks in Europe and Asia advanced. Bullion...

Oil prices on Tuesday surrendered some gains made over the previous two days as investors reconsidered the likelihood of Middle East supply disruptions in the wake of the United States killing a top Iranian military commander. Brent crude fell as much as 1.5% to $67.86 a barrel and was at $68.39, down 52 cents, at 07:37 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.85, down...

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