Oil fell on Monday as weak economic data from China, the world's largest energy consumer, weighed on prices and an Opec source played down talk of an emergency meeting to stem the decline.
Asian shares rose to two-month highs on Thursday and the dollar struggled near multi-week lows after weak US economic data added to expectations that the Federal Reserve will delay hiking interest rates.
Oil prices edged up on Friday boosted by stronger than expected US economic data though the longer-term outlook for energy markets remains weak due to a global oil supply glut and uncertainty over economic growth prospects in Asia.
Gold rose to a near four-month high on Monday, adding to last week's gains, as the dollar weakened and investors remained anxious about the pace of the US economic recovery and China's growth.
Weak US manufacturing data on
Gold edged higher on Thursday, snapping two sessions of losses that pulled it back from 3-1/2 month highs, as a retreat in stock markets after weak French and Chinese data boosted its appeal as an alternative asset.
The metal has
Middle Eastern airlines saw a continued robust expansion of demand in June with freight volumes growing by 12.7 per cent year-on-year, said a report released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata).
The consistent hi
India's economy began a feeble recovery in the first quarter of 2013, but weak private consumption, capital investment and slowing public spending offered little hope for a fast rebound in coming quarters.
Asia's third lar
Next week investors could get the clearest indication yet of whether revenues are growing again for US companies as a number of bellwethers are likely to see a benefit from the dollar's weakness.
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Many Indian construction workers are choosing not to take jobs in Dubai because their earnings would be eroded by the UAE dirham's peg to the tumbling US dollar, according to a magazine report.
South Asian labour, mainly from India, is the
Oman inflation accelerated for a seventh straight month to a 16-year high of 8.29 per cent in December as the weaker dollar-pegged rial drove up food costs, raising pressure on the central bank to fight rising prices.
Food, beverage and to