Copper down on worries over HK protests

Copper and other base metals prices retreated overnight, shaken by protests in Hong Kong and expected retaliation by Washington against top metals consumer China. Hong Kong police fired pepper pellets on Wednesday to disperse protesters unhappy with national security...

Gold dips to two-week low on recovery talk

Gold fell overnight to its lowest price in two weeks as the easing of coronavirus restrictions around the world fed optimism that the global economy could rebound. Spot gold eased 0.1 per cent to $US1,709.50 per ounce by 1707 GMT. The session low was 1,693.22, its...

Oil slides on US-China tensions

Oil futures tumbled overnight after US President Donald Trump said he was working on a strong response to China’s proposed security law in Hong Kong and as some traders doubted Russia’s commitment to deep production cuts. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

ASX set to gain early from lockdown easing

The Australian share market is poised to rise in early trade after US investors were buoyed by the continued easing of lockdowns. The SPI 200 futures contract was higher by 50 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 5,823.0 at 0700 AEST on Thursday, indicating gains in early...

Tech selloff weighs on S&P 500, Nasdaq

A selloff in technology stocks has dragged on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, with investors also cautious about brewing US-China tensions at a time when policymakers are attempting to revive the global economy from a coronavirus-driven slump. Amazon, Microsoft and...