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  • Stellar Lumens Climbs 10.59% In Bullish Trade

    Investing.com - Stellar Lumens was trading at $0.22905 by 18:22 (22:22 GMT) on the Investing.com Index on Thursday, up 10.59% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since September 20.

    The move upwards pushed Stellar Lumens's market cap up to $4.23B, or 2.03% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, Stellar Lumens's market cap was $12.12B.

    Stellar Lumens had traded in a range of $0.20508 to $0.22905 in the previous twenty-four hours.

    Over the past seven days, Stellar Lumens has seen a rise in value, as it gained 8.98%. The volume of Stellar Lumens traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $61.57M or 0.51% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.19368 to $0.22905 in the past 7 days.

    At its current price, Stellar Lumens is still down 75.10% from its all-time high of $0.92 set on January 3.

    Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading

    Bitcoin was last at $6,478.8 on the Investing.com Index, up 1.44% on the day.

    Ethereum was trading at $212.54 on the Investing.com Index, a gain of 1.54%.

    Bitcoin's market cap was last at $112.09B or 53.87% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum's market cap totaled $21.77B or 10.46% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

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  • Mexico stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/BMV IPC down 0.08%

    Investing.com – Mexico stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Materials, Healthcare and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Mexico, the S&P/BMV IPC fell 0.08%.

    The best performers of the session on the S&P/BMV IPC were Arca Continental , S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:AC), which rose 1.63% or 1.94 points to trade at 120.92 at the close. Meanwhile, Grupo Aeroportuario Del CentroNorte (MX:OMAB) added 1.27% or 1.660 points to end at 132.310 and Fomento Economico Mexicano UBD (MX:FMSAUBD) was up 0.70% or 1.27 points to 183.67 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were VOLARIS A (MX:VOLARA), which fell 2.31% or 0.35 points to trade at 14.83 at the close. Alpek, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:ALPEKA) declined 2.28% or 0.660 points to end at 28.290 and Grupo Carso, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:GCARSOA1) was down 2.07% or 1.280 points to 60.480.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 177 to 109 and 13 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Grupo Aeroportuario Del CentroNorte (MX:OMAB) rose to all time highs; gaining 1.27% or 1.660 to 132.310.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.32% or 3.90 to $1212.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.92% or 0.65 to hit $70.12 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 1.02% or 0.81 to trade at $78.59 a barrel.

    USD/MXN was up 0.24% to 18.8158, while EUR/MXN rose 1.14% to 22.1621.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.69% at 93.47.

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  • Brazil stocks lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 0.01%

    Investing.com – Brazil stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Real Estate, Industrials and Financials sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa lost 0.01%.

    The best performers of the session on the Bovespa were Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA Pref (SA:GOLL4), which rose 5.05% or 0.53 points to trade at 11.03 at the close. Meanwhile, Companhia Brasileira deDistribuicao (SA:PCAR4) added 3.96% or 3.21 points to end at 84.20 and Cia Paranaense de Energia (SA:CPLE6) was up 3.80% or 0.81 points to 22.15 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Cielo SA (SA:CIEL3), which fell 5.22% or 0.70 points to trade at 12.71 at the close. MRV Engenharia e Participacoes SA (SA:MRVE3) declined 3.95% or 0.50 points to end at 12.15 and Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (SA:USIM5) was down 2.75% or 0.23 points to 8.12.

    Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange by 221 to 195 and 34 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Cielo SA (SA:CIEL3) fell to 5-year lows; down 5.22% or 0.70 to 12.71.

    The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 0.26% to 45.24.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.31% or 3.80 to $1212.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.93% or 0.66 to hit $70.11 a barrel, while the December US coffee C contract rose 3.04% or 2.93 to trade at $99.38 .

    USD/BRL was down 1.30% to 4.0735, while EUR/BRL fell 0.38% to 4.7978.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.69% at 93.47.

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  • U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.97%

    Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology, Consumer Goods and Basic Materials sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.97% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.85%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.00%.

    The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which rose 2.23% or 1.03 points to trade at 47.18 at the close. Meanwhile, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) added 2.21% or 1.57 points to end at 72.86 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) was up 2.09% or 3.20 points to 155.96 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which fell 0.19% or 0.40 points to trade at 211.28 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) added 0.01% or 0.01 points to end at 119.52 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) was up 0.24% or 0.20 points to 84.83.

    The top performers on the S&P 500 were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE:UAA) which rose 6.42% to 19.96, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE:UA) which was up 5.03% to settle at 18.150 and Brighthouse Financial Inc (NASDAQ:BHF) which gained 4.34% to close at 46.21.

    The worst performers were Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) which was down 6.57% to 133.75 in late trade, Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which lost 4.89% to settle at 61.01 and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) which was down 3.35% to 301.81 at the close.

    The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA) which rose 119.62% to 2.35, New Age Beverages Corp (NASDAQ:NBEV) which was up 72.31% to settle at 7.53 and Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ:ALT) which gained 66.19% to close at 27.355.

    The worst performers were Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY) which was down 20.25% to 170.71 in late trade, Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ:ITRM) which lost 18.52% to settle at 6.73 and Dragon Victory International Ltd (NASDAQ:LYL) which was down 14.86% to 1.49 at the close.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2081 to 1005 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1884 rose and 709 declined, while 91 ended unchanged.

    Shares in New Age Beverages Corp (NASDAQ:NBEV) rose to all time highs; up 72.31% or 3.16 to 7.53. Shares in Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ:ITRM) fell to all time lows; falling 18.52% or 1.53 to 6.73.

    The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.43% to 11.80.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.31% or 3.80 to $1212.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.93% or 0.66 to hit $70.11 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 1.03% or 0.82 to trade at $78.58 a barrel.

    EUR/USD was up 0.90% to 1.1778, while USD/JPY rose 0.14% to 112.45.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.69% at 93.47.

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  • XRP Jumps 20.65% In Bullish Trade

    Investing.com - XRP was trading at $0.41572 by 16:22 (20:22 GMT) on the Investing.com Index on Thursday, up 20.65% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since September 20.

    The move upwards pushed XRP's market cap up to $15.68B, or 7.67% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, XRP's market cap was $79.53B.

    XRP had traded in a range of $0.32154 to $0.41572 in the previous twenty-four hours.

    Over the past seven days, XRP has seen a rise in value, as it gained 40.29%. The volume of XRP traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $743.84M or 6.67% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.26706 to $0.41572 in the past 7 days.

    At its current price, XRP is still down 87.36% from its all-time high of $3.29 set on January 4.

    Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading

    Bitcoin was last at $6,437.4 on the Investing.com Index, up 0.19% on the day.

    Ethereum was trading at $211.24 on the Investing.com Index, a gain of 0.00%.

    Bitcoin's market cap was last at $111.22B or 54.39% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum's market cap totaled $21.55B or 10.54% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

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  • Stocks - Dow Clinches Record Close as Apple Lifts Tech

    Investing.com - The Dow notched record highs Thursday on surging tech stocks, led by Apple, and fading worries about trade, even as analysts warned of a further escalation in the U.S. and China trade spat.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 0.97% to 26,661.72. The S&P 500 rose 0.85% to 2,932.58, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.00% to 8,029.27.

    A wave of buying emerged across Wall Street, most notably in tech stocks on increasing hopes the United States and China will find a solution to their trade dispute after both nations imposed watered-down tariffs on each other earlier this week.

    China said Tuesday it would impose new tariffs on U.S. goods worth $60 billion on Sept. 24. The announcement arrived after the Trump administration announced the U.S. will impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods next week.

    The levies imposed by both countries came at a lower rate than many had feared, helping lift sentiment on trade.

    The optimism on the trade front was captured by strong gains in both Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), both of which are believed to be a barometer of trade given their large exposure to China. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), whose products were scrubbed off a list of items subject to tariffs, rallied nearly 1%, boosting tech.

    Not everyone is convinced, however, that the U.S.-China trade spat will be resolved sooner rather than later: Goldman Sachs said the trade dispute between the two nations is in its infancy, warning that Washington may take further action against Beijing in "the next couple of weeks."

    "Additional tariffs [from the United States] are the most likely outcome, as the policy issues underlying the dispute will be difficult to resolve, the bilateral trade deficit at the heart of the dispute is unlikely to narrow substantially regardless of policy actions, and the White House will have greater political flexibility to increase tariffs after the midterm election," Goldman Sachs said in a note.

    The well of rising bond yields dried up Thursday, meanwhile, but that didn’t stop bank shares staging a rally for the second day in a row, pushing the broader averages to record highs.

    Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) closed higher, adding to gains from Wednesday, which followed a rise in the 10-year treasury yield to its highest level since May.

    Rising Treasury yields are seen as boon for banks, boosting their net interest margin, the difference between the interest income generated by banks and the amount of interest paid out to their lenders.

    Energy, meanwhile, struggled to keep up with the rally, following a slump in oil prices after President Donald Trump demanded OPEC find a way to slash oil prices.

    On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for November delivery fell by 32 cents to settle at $70.80 a barrel.

    In corporate news, Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) confirmed that it's acquiring Marketo, a company that sells marketing software, from Vista Equity Partners for $4.75 billion.

    Top S&P 500 Gainers and Losers Today:

    Under Armour (NYSE:UAA), Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) and Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF) were among the top S&P 500 gainers for the session.

    Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) were among the worst S&P 500 performers of the session.

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  • Crude Oil Prices Settle Lower as Trump Calls on OPEC to 'Get Prices Down'

    Investing.com - WTI crude oil prices settled lower Thursday after President Donald Trump demanded OPEC find a way slash oil prices.

    On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for November delivery fell 32 cents settle at $70.80 a barrel, while on London's Intercontinental Exchange, Brent fell 1.03% to trade at $78.58 a barrel.

    "We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember," Trump said in a tweet. "The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!"

    This is not the first time Trump has lashed out at OPEC for rising oil prices. Earlier this year, he accused the cartel of artificially boosting prices.

    Trump's jawboning on oil prices comes just days after Saudi officials reportedly said they would be comfortable with oil prices above $80 a barrel.

    Still, sentiment on oil prices continued to lean positive as major oil producers, part of the production-cut agreement, show no sign of weakening their commitment to increasing output to avert a global supply shortage ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran due early November.

    Russian oil production is fluctuating between 11.29 and 11.36 million barrels a day, setting a new post-Soviet record, Bloomberg, reported, citing a senior government official.

    Members of the oil-production cut agreement agreed in June to life output curbs to avert the prospect of global supply shortage amid expectations for a steep loss of Iranian crude from market as U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic weigh.

    The wobble in oil prices did little to knock them off course for a weekly rise following sharp gains a day earlier on the back of falling domestic crude inventories. seen earlier this week.

    Inventories of U.S. crude fell by 2.057 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 14, missing expectations for a draw of 2.74 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday.

    Falling crude imports and rising exports contributed to the draw in crude inventories. The diverging prices between WTI crude and Brent crude benchmarks has stoked up foreign demand for U.S. crude, boosting exports.

    Oil-market observers will likely turn to the Baker Hughes rig count data Friday for ongoing signs of expanding U.S. output, which rose to 11.0 million barrels a day last week.

    The report comes ahead of key weekend meeting in Algiers between OPEC and Russia.

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  • Cardano Climbs 10.11% In Bullish Trade

    Investing.com - Cardano was trading at $0.07427 by 14:27 (18:27 GMT) on the Investing.com Index on Thursday, up 10.11% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since August 17.

    The move upwards pushed Cardano's market cap up to $1.93B, or 0.95% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, Cardano's market cap was $23.92B.

    Cardano had traded in a range of $0.07110 to $0.07624 in the previous twenty-four hours.

    Over the past seven days, Cardano has seen a rise in value, as it gained 7.29%. The volume of Cardano traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $81.01M or 0.65% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.06197 to $0.07624 in the past 7 days.

    At its current price, Cardano is still down 94.50% from its all-time high of $1.35 set on January 4.

    Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading

    Bitcoin was last at $6,408.0 on the Investing.com Index, up 3.46% on the day.

    Ethereum was trading at $209.23 on the Investing.com Index, a gain of 4.31%.

    Bitcoin's market cap was last at $110.93B or 54.73% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum's market cap totaled $21.43B or 10.58% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

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  • Morocco stocks higher at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares up 0.47%

    Investing.com – Morocco stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Mining, Banking and Food Producers&Processors sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares rose 0.47%.

    The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Micro Data SA (CS:MIC), which rose 8.37% or 21.00 points to trade at 272.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Atlanta (CS:ATL) added 4.84% or 3.00 points to end at 65.00 and Residences Dar Saada SA (CS:RDS) was up 3.77% or 3.90 points to 107.40 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Zellidja S.A (CS:ZELI), which fell 5.97% or 8.05 points to trade at 126.85 at the close. Eqdom (CS:EQDM) declined 5.74% or 60 points to end at 986 and Taslif (CS:TSF1) was down 5.73% or 1.35 points to 22.20.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 20 to 15 and 3 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Eqdom (CS:EQDM) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.74% or 60 to 986. Shares in Taslif (CS:TSF1) fell to 5-year lows; losing 5.73% or 1.35 to 22.20.

    Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.35% or 0.25 to $70.52 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.71% or 0.56 to hit $78.84 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.18% or 2.20 to trade at $1210.50 a troy ounce.

    EUR/MAD was up 0.18% to 10.9950, while USD/MAD fell 0.51% to 9.3445.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.54% at 93.61.

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  • Portugal stocks lower at close of trade; PSI 20 down 0.27%

    Investing.com – Portugal stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Services, Technology and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 declined 0.27%.

    The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Pharol SGPS SA (LS:PHRA), which rose 3.18% or 0.0058 points to trade at 0.1884 at the close. Meanwhile, Corticeira Amorim (LS:CORA) added 1.57% or 0.180 points to end at 11.620 and EDP Renovaveis (LS:EDPR) was up 1.00% or 0.0850 points to 8.5750 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Sonae SGPS SA (LS:YSO), which fell 2.55% or 0.0245 points to trade at 0.9345 at the close. J. Martins SGPS (LS:JMT) declined 1.67% or 0.2200 points to end at 12.9300 and Semapa (LS:SEM) was down 1.35% or 0.2400 points to 17.4800.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 18 to 15 and 3 ended unchanged.

    Brent oil for November delivery was down 0.79% or 0.63 to $78.77 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.42% or 0.30 to hit $70.47 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 1.90 to trade at $1210.20 a troy ounce.

    EUR/USD was up 0.70% to 1.1755, while EUR/GBP fell 0.04% to 0.8877.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.52% at 93.63.

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  • Spain stocks higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 1.03%

    Investing.com – Spain stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods, Telecoms&IT and Financial Services&Real Estate sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 added 1.03%.

    The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Cie Automotive (MC:CIEA), which rose 2.62% or 0.700 points to trade at 27.460 at the close. Meanwhile, Tecnicas Reunidas (MC:TRE) added 2.41% or 0.640 points to end at 27.170 and Telefonica (MC:TEF) was up 2.39% or 0.160 points to 6.859 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Indra A (MC:IDR), which fell 2.37% or 0.240 points to trade at 9.880 at the close. Melia Hotels (MC:MEL) declined 1.25% or 0.120 points to end at 9.470 and Inmobiliaria Colonial SA (MC:COL) was down 0.92% or 0.085 points to 9.190.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 101 to 66 and 26 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Melia Hotels (MC:MEL) fell to 52-week lows; down 1.25% or 0.120 to 9.470.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1209.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.38% or 0.27 to hit $70.50 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.77% or 0.61 to trade at $78.79 a barrel.

    EUR/USD was up 0.70% to 1.1755, while EUR/GBP rose 0.01% to 0.8882.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.51% at 93.64.

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  • Netherlands stocks higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.81%

    Investing.com – Netherlands stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms, Financials and Basic Materials sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.81%.

    The best performers of the session on the AEX were Altice NV (AS:ATCA), which rose 5.24% or 0.11 points to trade at 2.23 at the close. Meanwhile, Relx PLC (AS:REL) added 2.60% or 0.440 points to end at 17.340 and ING Groep NV (AS:INGA) was up 2.58% or 0.290 points to 11.516 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS:AD), which fell 1.76% or 0.340 points to trade at 18.932 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG) declined 1.63% or 1.620 points to end at 97.840 and Philips Lighting NV (AS:LIGHT) was down 0.43% or 0.11 points to 25.53.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 98 to 30 and 8 ended unchanged.

    The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 2.20% to 11.93.

    Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.42% or 0.30 to $70.47 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.79% or 0.63 to hit $78.77 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.11% or 1.30 to trade at $1209.60 a troy ounce.

    EUR/USD was up 0.69% to 1.1753, while EUR/GBP fell 0.02% to 0.8879.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.50% at 93.65.

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  • Russia stocks lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.15%

    Investing.com – Russia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms, Oil&Gas and Manufacturing sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia declined 0.15%.

    The best performers of the session on the MOEX Russia were SG mechel (MCX:MTLR), which rose 10.36% or 10.35 points to trade at 110.30 at the close. Meanwhile, Unipro (MCX:UPRO) added 4.98% or 0.1300 points to end at 2.7400 and United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL) was up 2.96% or 0.820 points to 28.500 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Rosseti ao (MCX:RSTI), which fell 2.10% or 0.0154 points to trade at 0.7177 at the close. Gazprom PAO (MCX:GAZP) declined 1.93% or 3.04 points to end at 154.35 and Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX:TRMK) was down 1.50% or 1.05 points to 68.80.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 125 to 80 and 22 ended unchanged.

    The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 3.82% to 25.520.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1209.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.42% or 0.30 to hit $70.47 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.79% or 0.63 to trade at $78.77 a barrel.

    USD/RUB was down 0.76% to 66.3061, while EUR/RUB fell 0.12% to 77.9037.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.50% at 93.65.

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  • Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.03%

    Investing.com – Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms, Industrials and Technology sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 1.03%.

    The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were ING Groep NV (AS:INGA), which rose 2.58% or 0.290 points to trade at 11.516 at the close. Meanwhile, Proximus NV (BR:PROX) added 2.54% or 0.52 points to end at 21.02 and Umicore SA (BR:UMI) was up 2.10% or 1.03 points to 50.16 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Argen-X (BR:ARGX), which fell 4.60% or 3.30 points to trade at 68.50 at the close. Telenet Group (BR:TNET) declined 3.83% or 1.84 points to end at 46.16 and Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) was down 1.93% or 0.98 points to 49.88.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 53 to 48 and 24 ended unchanged.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.07% or 0.80 to $1209.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.41% or 0.29 to hit $70.48 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.84% or 0.67 to trade at $78.73 a barrel.

    EUR/USD was up 0.62% to 1.1745, while EUR/GBP fell 0.08% to 0.8874.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.46% at 93.69.

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  • U.K. stocks higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 0.47%

    Investing.com – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Life Insurance/Assurance, Mining and Industrial Metals&Mining sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 added 0.47%.

    The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Old Mutual Ltd (LON:OMU), which rose 2.90% or 4.32 points to trade at 153.24 at the close. Meanwhile, Associated British Foods PLC (LON:ABF) added 2.70% or 60.00 points to end at 2285.00 and Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES) was up 2.67% or 22.00 points to 847.60 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Burberry Group PLC (LON:BRBY), which fell 4.88% or 103.00 points to trade at 2008.00 at the close. Kingfisher PLC (LON:KGF) declined 1.74% or 4.30 points to end at 242.70 and Capita PLC (LON:CPI) was down 1.54% or 2.25 points to 144.00.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1072 to 968 and 305 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Kingfisher PLC (LON:KGF) fell to 5-year lows; losing 1.74% or 4.30 to 242.70.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.05% or 0.60 to $1208.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.34% or 0.24 to hit $70.53 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.78% or 0.62 to trade at $78.78 a barrel.

    GBP/USD was up 0.68% to 1.3233, while EUR/GBP fell 0.07% to 0.8875.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.46% at 93.69.

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  • Poland stocks higher at close of trade; WIG30 up 0.21%

    Investing.com – Poland stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Food, Information Technology and Chemicals sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Warsaw, the WIG30 added 0.21%.

    The best performers of the session on the WIG30 were Bank Millennium SA (WA:MILP), which rose 5.46% or 0.46 points to trade at 8.89 at the close. Meanwhile, Kernel Holding SA (WA:KER) added 5.15% or 2.35 points to end at 47.95 and Grupa Azoty SA (WA:ATTP) was up 4.58% or 1.40 points to 32.00 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were PKP Cargo (WA:PKPP), which fell 4.88% or 2.35 points to trade at 45.85 at the close. LPP SA (WA:LPPP) declined 2.72% or 240.00 points to end at 8595.00 and Enea SA (WA:ENAE) was down 2.65% or 0.21 points to 7.70.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Warsaw Stock Exchange by 215 to 201 and 200 ended unchanged.

    Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.34% or 0.24 to $70.53 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.78% or 0.62 to hit $78.78 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.40 to trade at $1208.70 a troy ounce.

    EUR/PLN was up 0.19% to 4.2944, while USD/PLN fell 0.40% to 3.6571.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 93.71.

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  • Sweden stocks higher at close of trade; OMX Stockholm 30 up 0.94%

    Investing.com – Sweden stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials, Industrials and Basic Materials sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Stockholm, the OMX Stockholm 30 gained 0.94%.

    The best performers of the session on the OMX Stockholm 30 were Autoliv Inc . SDB (ST:ALIVsdb), which rose 3.66% or 28.8 points to trade at 815.2 at the close. Meanwhile, Svenska Handelsbanken AB A (ST:SHBa) added 3.09% or 3.28 points to end at 109.58 and Alfa Laval AB (ST:ALFA) was up 2.37% or 5.6 points to 242.1 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Securitas AB ser. B (ST:SECUb), which fell 1.31% or 2.05 points to trade at 154.20 at the close. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Class B (ST:ERICb) declined 1.00% or 0.78 points to end at 77.08 and ASSA ABLOY AB ser. B (ST:ASSAb) was down 0.85% or 1.6 points to 181.0.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Stockholm Stock Exchange by 320 to 304 and 58 ended unchanged.

    Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.34% or 0.24 to $70.53 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.79% or 0.63 to hit $78.77 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.30 to trade at $1208.60 a troy ounce.

    EUR/SEK was down 0.30% to 10.3247, while USD/SEK fell 0.85% to 8.7950.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 93.73.

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  • Norway stocks higher at close of trade; Oslo OBX up 0.61%

    Investing.com – Norway stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology Hardware&Equipment, Materials and Insurance sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Oslo, the Oslo OBX added 0.61% to hit a new all time high.

    The best performers of the session on the Oslo OBX were REC Silicon ASA (OL:REC), which rose 5.56% or 0.03 points to trade at 0.66 at the close. Meanwhile, Grieg Seafood (OL:GSFO) added 5.07% or 5.10 points to end at 105.70 and Norsk Hydro ASA (OL:NHY) was up 2.34% or 1.10 points to 48.30 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Schibsted ASA A (OL:SBSTA), which fell 2.68% or 8.6 points to trade at 312.4 at the close. Petroleum Geo - Services ASA (OL:PGS) declined 2.41% or 0.79 points to end at 32.00 and Telenor ASA (OL:TEL) was down 1.64% or 2.7 points to 161.5.

    Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Oslo Stock Exchange by 109 to 71 and 29 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Grieg Seafood (OL:GSFO) rose to all time highs; rising 5.07% or 5.10 to 105.70.

    Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.34% or 0.24 to $70.53 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.79% or 0.63 to hit $78.77 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.20 to trade at $1208.50 a troy ounce.

    EUR/NOK was up 0.73% to 9.5850, while USD/NOK rose 0.16% to 8.1646.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 93.73.

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  • Greece stocks lower at close of trade; Athens General Composite down 1.24%

    Investing.com – Greece stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Banking, Basic Resources and Financials sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Athens, the Athens General Composite declined 1.24%.

    The best performers of the session on the Athens General Composite were Kri-Kri Milk (AT:KRIr), which rose 3.93% or 0.170 points to trade at 4.500 at the close. Meanwhile, Crete Plastics SA (AT:PLAKR) added 3.85% or 0.500 points to end at 13.500 and Intercontinental International Real Estate Investment Company SA (AT:ICIr) was up 2.86% or 0.150 points to 5.400 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Alpha Bank SA (AT:ACBr), which fell 7.73% or 0.101 points to trade at 1.205 at the close. Piraeus Bank SA (AT:BOPr) declined 6.05% or 0.126 points to end at 1.958 and Elastron SA (AT:ELSRr) was down 5.00% or 0.0650 points to 1.2350.

    Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Athens Stock Exchange by 56 to 48 and 8 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Kri-Kri Milk (AT:KRIr) rose to all time highs; gaining 3.93% or 0.170 to 4.500. Shares in Alpha Bank SA (AT:ACBr) fell to 52-week lows; down 7.73% or 0.101 to 1.205.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.01% or 0.10 to $1208.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.27% or 0.19 to hit $70.58 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.72% or 0.57 to trade at $78.83 a barrel.

    EUR/USD was up 0.69% to 1.1753, while EUR/GBP fell 0.10% to 0.8872.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.52% at 93.63.

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  • Oracle Rises 3.13%

    Investing.com - Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) rose by 3.13% to trade at $50.98 by 11:05 (15:05 GMT) on Thursday on the NYSE exchange.

    The volume of Oracle shares traded since the start of the session was $8.96M. Oracle has traded in a range of $49.56 to $50.99 on the day.

    The stock has traded at $50.98 at its highest and $47.36 at its lowest during the past seven days.

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  • Saudi Arabia stocks higher at close of trade; Tadawul All Share up 0.50%

    Investing.com – Saudi Arabia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Cement, Petrochemicals and Multi Investment sectors led shares higher.

    At the close in Saudi Arabia, the Tadawul All Share added 0.50%.

    The best performers of the session on the Tadawul All Share were The Mediterranean&Gulf Insurance Co (SE:8030), which rose 6.06% or 0.80 points to trade at 14.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tabuk Cement Co. (SE:3090) added 4.30% or 0.50 points to end at 12.14 and Al Alamiya Cooperative Insurance (SE:8280) was up 3.57% or 1.25 points to 36.25 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Saudi Fisheries Co. (SE:6050), which fell 4.92% or 0.88 points to trade at 17.00 at the close. Dallah Healthcare Holding Company (SE:4004) declined 4.41% or 2.80 points to end at 60.70 and Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insurance (SE:8311) was down 3.53% or 0.74 points to 20.24.

    Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange by 99 to 73 and 14 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Saudi Fisheries Co. (SE:6050) fell to 5-year lows; falling 4.92% or 0.88 to 17.00. Shares in Dallah Healthcare Holding Company (SE:4004) fell to 52-week lows; down 4.41% or 2.80 to 60.70.

    Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.52% or 0.37 to $71.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.01% or 0.01 to hit $79.39 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 2.90 to trade at $1211.20 a troy ounce.

    EUR/SAR was up 0.77% to 4.4119, while USD/SAR rose 0.01% to 3.7503.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.66% at 93.50.

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  • U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Still at Lowest Levels Since 1969

    Investing.com - The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week fell more than expected, remaining at the lowest levels in 49 years, official data showed on Thursday.

    The report underlined expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates two more times this year, with the next move higher coming at its meeting next week.

    The number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ended Sept. 15 decreased by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 201,000 from the previous week’s total of 204,000, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

    Analysts expected jobless claims to rise by 6,000 to 210,000 last week.

    The four-week moving average was 205,750, down 2,250 from the previous week. The monthly average is seen as a more accurate gauge of labor trends because it reduces volatility in the week-to-week data.

    Continuing jobless claims in the week ended Sept. 8 fell to 1.645 million from 1.700 million in the preceding week, compared to expectations for an increase to 1.705 million.

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  • Bitcoin Prices Firm Above $6,000; XRP Soars 15%

    Investing.com - Bitcoin prices pushed higher on Thursday, attempting to break out of what has been a relatively subdued period for the world’s largest digital currency.

    Bitcoin, the world's most valuable digital currency, was up around 2% at $6,434.90 on the Bitfinex exchange by 8:05 AM ET (12:05 GMT), after rising to as high as $6,549.90.

    Bitcoin has not traded outside the $6,100-to-$6,600 range since Sept. 6.

    Beyond Bitcoin, the price of the other major cryptocurrencies also increased.

    Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was up roughly 3.5% at $213.10.

    Meanwhile, XRP was trading at $0.36003, up about 15% for the day.

    Hype is building around the potential rollout of the protocol's xRapid product that proponents hope better facilitates cross-border transfers.

    Sagar Sarbhai, head of regulatory relations for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at Ripple, said earlier this week that the company is aiming to launch xRapid, a product that helps banks speed up transactions by using XRP, in the “next month or so.”

    Litecoin was higher by 4% at $54.67.

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  • XRP Climbs 10.42% As Investors Gain Confidence

    Investing.com - XRP was trading at $0.35129 by 07:06 (11:06 GMT) on the Investing.com Index on Thursday, up 10.42% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since September 18.

    The move upwards pushed XRP's market cap up to $13.52B, or 6.72% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, XRP's market cap was $79.53B.

    XRP had traded in a range of $0.32154 to $0.35200 in the previous twenty-four hours.

    Over the past seven days, XRP has seen a rise in value, as it gained 23.74%. The volume of XRP traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $419.31M or 3.50% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.26706 to $0.35200 in the past 7 days.

    At its current price, XRP is still down 89.32% from its all-time high of $3.29 set on January 4.

    Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading

    Bitcoin was last at $6,414.6 on the Investing.com Index, up 1.99% on the day.

    Ethereum was trading at $210.27 on the Investing.com Index, a gain of 2.32%.

    Bitcoin's market cap was last at $110.90B or 55.10% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum's market cap totaled $21.46B or 10.66% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

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  • Gold Prices Slip Despite Drop in Dollar Ahead of Economic Data

    Investing.com - Gold prices headed lower on Thursday despite a weaker dollar amid ebbing trade concerns as investors awaited economic data later in the session and looked ahead to the Federal Reserve’s policy session next week.

    At 5:54 AM ET (9:54 GMT), gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped $0.70 or 0.06%, to $1,207.60 a troy ounce.

    The precious metal has dropped about 11.6% from a peak in April as escalating U.S.-China trade dispute and rising U.S. interest rates were cited as catalysts for the selling in gold.

    Reports of the tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China on each other's goods being set at lower levels than expected were cited as a headwind for dollar prices, which is seen as a safe-haven asset.

    The dollar was also under pressure after a report said that the U.S. and Canada are unlikely to reach an agreement on NAFTA this week.

    On Thursday’s economic calendar, weekly jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for September will be released at 8:30 AM ET (12:30 GMT) to be followed by August existing home sales at 10:00 AM ET (14:00 GMT).

    Investors looked ahead to the next Federal Reserve policy decision to be announced on Sept. 26.

    Markets currently expect the Fed to hike rates by a quarter of a point, while fed fund futures price in an additional increase at the end of the year at more than an 80% probability.

    Rising U.S. interest rates were also cited as headwind for the precious metal.

    In other metals trading, silver futures dipped 0.04% at $14.275 a troy ounce by 5:56 AM ET (9:56 GMT).

    Palladium futures rose 0.22% to $1,033.10 an ounce, while sister metal platinum traded up 0.10% at $822.70.

    In base metals, copper fell 0.49% to $2.716 a pound.

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  • Top 5 Things to Know in The Market on Thursday

    Investing.com - Here are the top five things you need to know in financial markets on Thursday, September 20:

    1. Wall Street Set for Positive Open

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street, as investors set aside concerns over the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

    At 5:30AM ET, the blue-chip Dow futures were up 25 points, or about 0.1%, the S&P 500 futures tacked on 2 points, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures indicated a gain of 5 points.

    The moves in pre-market trade came after Wall Street closed Wednesday's session on a strong note, with the Dow soaring more than 150 points.

    Elsewhere, in Europe, the region's major bourses were mostly higher, with most of the sectors in positive ground. The pan-regional STOXX 600 benchmark was up 0.5% in mid-morning trade, on track for its fifth straight session of gains.

    Earlier, Asian markets ended mixed.

    2. Micron Reports Earnings

    There is a late-quarter lull in earnings reports, but results are still expected from a few notable companies today.

    Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) is slated to report fiscal fourth-quarter results after U.S. markets close. The chipmaker is expected to report earnings of $3.32 per share on revenue of $8.25 billion, according to estimates.

    Investors will be closely watching the results for more insight into whether the chip sector is heading for a cyclical downtrend.

    The stock has already been hit by warnings and indications from other companies that demand in the memory market is waning.

    Shares of Micron have fallen to about $45 from about $60 three months ago.

    Other companies scheduled to report earnings include Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), Thor Industries (NYSE:THO), and Steelcase (NYSE:SCS).

    3. Dollar, Treasury Yields Slip

    Away from equities, the dollar edged lower against its major rivals, hovering around the lowest level in around eight weeks, in part as safe-haven demand for the U.S. currency ebbed as investors set aside trade concerns for now.

    The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was down 0.15% at 93.97, not far from Tuesday's low of 93.88, which was the weakest since July 26.

    In the bond market, the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes, which on Wednesday touched its highest level since May 18, was at 3.066%, compared with its U.S. close of 3.083%.

    The 2-year yield, which is sensitive to market expectations of Fed rate hikes, was at 2.799%, compared with a U.S. close of 2.807% percent Wednesday, which was the highest since 2008.

    This week's rise in yields comes ahead of what is expected to be a hawkish meeting of the Federal Reserve next week.

    4. Philly Fed, Housing Data Ahead

    On the data front, the Philly Fed Manufacturing survey is due out at 8:30AM ET, with economists predicting a jump to 17 for September from 11.9 in August. Investors will pay particular attention to the data for any impact tariffs are having on the sector.

    At the same time there will be the weekly initial jobless claims figures, with the market looking for a small rise to 210,000 from the week before.

    The August report on existing home sales is then due at 10AM ET. On average, economists expect that existing home sales rose 0.3% in August to an annual adjusted rate of 5.35 million.

    5. Oil Prices Rise to Highest Since July

    Oil prices rose for a third consecutive session, with the U.S. benchmark hitting its highest level since July amid another drawdown in U.S. inventories and strong U.S. gasoline demand

    U.S. crude added 0.4% to $71.06 a barrel, the most since July 11, after data showed U.S. crude inventories fell 2.1 million barrels last week, its fifth weekly drawdown, to 394.1 million barrels.

    That was the lowest level since February 2015.

    Global benchmark Brent crude was up by 5 cents at $79.45.

    Prices were also supported by looming U.S. sanctions on Iran, which are widely expected to lead to a tighter market.

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  • Oil Prices Mixed, West Texas Boosted by Low U.S. Supply Levels

    Investing.com - Oil prices showed mixed trade on Thursday, while U.S. crude climbed for a third consecutive session, supported by low inventory levels stateside.

    New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 26 cents, or 0.37%, at $71.03 a barrel by 5:06 AM ET (9:06 GMT).

    Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., slipped 7 cents, or 0.09%, to $79.33.

    The Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday that crude stockpiles hit a 3.5-year low while gasoline inventories registered a much larger-than-expected draw.

    Meanwhile, eyes were on Iran as U.S. sanctions were impacting supply. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Iranian oil exports had fallen by 35% since May, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced crude sanctions on the producer, which will take effect in November.

    The OPEC and other non-OPEC members led by Russia are set to meet on Sunday in Algeria to discuss how to share supply increases to offset the loss of Iranian supply, although sources told Reuters that no immediate action was planned.

    However, de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that the country is comfortable with oil prices above $80, signaling the largest oil maker might not increase output to send the price lower.

    In other energy trading, gasoline futures gained 0.26% to $2.0283 a gallon by 5:13 AM ET (9:13 GMT), while heating oil rose 0.39% to $2.2554 a gallon.

    Lastly, natural gas futures traded down 0.24% to $2.901 per million British thermal units.

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  • Philippines stocks lower at close of trade; PSEi Composite down 1.20%

    Investing.com – Philippines stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Holding Firms, Mining&Oil and Property sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Philippines, the PSEi Composite declined 1.20% to hit a new 1-month low.

    The best performers of the session on the PSEi Composite were Megaworld Corp (PS:MEG), which rose 4.77% or 0.190 points to trade at 4.170 at the close. Meanwhile, Jollibee Foods Corp (PS:JFC) added 2.65% or 7.00 points to end at 271.00 and JG Summit Holdings Inc (PS:JGS) was up 1.73% or 0.900 points to 53.000 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc (PS:AEV), which fell 4.03% or 1.850 points to trade at 44.100 at the close. LT Group Inc (PS:LTG) declined 3.79% or 0.600 points to end at 15.240 and SM Investments Corp (PS:SM) was down 3.15% or 28.00 points to 862.00.

    Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Philippines Stock Exchange by 111 to 81 and 33 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc (PS:AEV) fell to 5-year lows; down 4.03% or 1.850 to 44.100. Shares in LT Group Inc (PS:LTG) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.79% or 0.600 to 15.240.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.12% or 1.40 to $1206.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.55% or 0.39 to hit $71.16 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.16% or 0.13 to trade at $79.53 a barrel.

    CNY/PHP was up 0.16% to 7.8911, while USD/PHP rose 0.40% to 54.099.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 93.96.

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  • UK Retail Sales Rise by 0.3% in August

    Investing.com - UK retail sales rose 0.3% in August, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday.

    This was compared to a 0.9% increase in the previous month.

    Economists had forecast a 0.1% drop.

    Year-on-year, retail sales rose by 3.3% last month.

    Analysts had penciled in a 2.3% gain.

    Sales in July advanced 3.8% from the year before.

    Core retail sales, which exclude automobile sales and fuel, increased by 0.3% in August, after rising 1.1% a month earlier.

    Economists had expected a 0.2% decline.

    Year-on-year, core retail sales rose 3.5% in August, compared to expectations for a 2.5% increase.

    A month earlier, they registered a 4.0% advance which was revised up from an initial 3.7% rise.

    “Retail sales remained strong in the three months to August, with continued growth across all sectors,” ONS statistician Rhian Murphy said.

    “Food and household goods stores particularly benefited from the warm weather when compared with last summer,” she added.

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  • China stocks lower at close of trade; Shanghai Composite down 0.06%

    Investing.com – China stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil Equipment Services&Distribution, Life Insurance and Gas, Water&Multiutilities sectors led shares lower.

    At the close in Shanghai, the Shanghai Composite lost 0.06%, while the SZSE Component index fell 0.17%.

    The best performers of the session on the Shanghai Composite were Ningbo Tuopu Group Co Ltd (SS:601689), which rose 10.03% or 1.530 points to trade at 16.790 at the close. Meanwhile, Guizhou Changzheng Tiancheng Holding Co Ltd (SS:600112) added 10.03% or 0.330 points to end at 3.620 and DELIXI XINJIANG Transportation Co Ltd (SS:603032) was up 10.00% or 2.55 points to 28.05 in late trade.

    The worst performers of the session were Sichuan Golden Summit Group Joint Stock Co Ltd (SS:600678), which fell 10.00% or 0.830 points to trade at 7.470 at the close. Pengxin International Mining Co Ltd (SS:600490) declined 10.00% or 0.78 points to end at 7.02 and Chongqing Zaisheng Technology Co Ltd (SS:603601) was down 7.08% or 0.53 points to 6.96.

    The top performers on the SZSE Component were Talkweb Information System Co Ltd (SZ:002261) which rose 10.12% to 4.680, Shenzhen Zhenye Group Co Ltd (SZ:000006) which was up 10.04% to settle at 6.14 and Anhui Shengyun Environment-Protection Group Co Ltd (SZ:300090) which gained 10.03% to close at 3.29.

    The worst performers were Jiangsu Jiujiujiu Technology Co Ltd (SZ:002411) which was down 9.99% to 22.88 in late trade, Xinzhi Motor Co Ltd (SZ:002664) which lost 9.96% to settle at 12.38 and Taiji Computer Corp Ltd (SZ:002368) which was down 5.56% to 28.90 at the close.

    Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Shanghai Stock Exchange by 888 to 466 and 99 ended unchanged.

    Shares in Sichuan Golden Summit Group Joint Stock Co Ltd (SS:600678) fell to 3-years lows; falling 10.00% or 0.830 to 7.470. Shares in Pengxin International Mining Co Ltd (SS:600490) fell to 52-week lows; down 10.00% or 0.78 to 7.02. Shares in Chongqing Zaisheng Technology Co Ltd (SS:603601) fell to 3-years lows; falling 7.08% or 0.53 to 6.96. Shares in Jiangsu Jiujiujiu Technology Co Ltd (SZ:002411) fell to 52-week lows; down 9.99% or 2.54 to 22.88. Shares in Xinzhi Motor Co Ltd (SZ:002664) fell to 3-years lows; falling 9.96% or 1.37 to 12.38.

    The CBOE China Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Shanghai Composite options, was unchanged 0.00% to 22.04.

    Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.07% or 0.80 to $1207.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.49% or 0.35 to hit $71.12 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.17 to trade at $79.57 a barrel.

    USD/CNY was down 0.00% to 6.8494, while EUR/CNY rose 0.23% to 8.0128.

    The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 93.97.

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