Crude oil prices closed down on Friday, with benchmark Brent losing its most in a week since January, as a resurgent dollar and fear of a US rate hike diverted attention from the shrinking number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States.
Microsoft Corp on Monday reported a fall in its quarterly profit, as sluggish personal computer sales dampened demand for Windows software and the company struggled with the impact of the strong US dollar.
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The dollar was on track to end 2014 with a gain of 12 per cent against a basket of major currencies, and anticipated US interest rate hikes may strengthen its appeal in the new year.
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Oil prices tumbled as much as 5 per cent on Wednesday, pushing US crude to five-year lows near $60 a barrel after data showed a spike in US inventories and Saudi Arabia's oil minister reiterated that he has no plans to cut output.
Brent crude futures fell to near $92 a barrel on Monday, extending this year's rout that saw the international benchmark hit a 27-month low in the previous session due to a strong US dollar and ample oil supply.
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Two Gulf Arab borrowers have attracted heavy investor demand for international bond sales in the past two weeks, but higher yield premiums are prompting many other potential issuers in the region to seek alternative funding sources.
Gold edged up on Monday after robust US economic data lifted prices in the previous session, but gains could be capped by a firmer U.S. dollar, as well as lingering concerns about Greece's debt woes and a possible bailout for Spain.
The Saudi currency will not be affected by the depreciation of the US dollar, leading Turkish economist and strategist, Erda Gercek, said at a seminar hosted by Sidra Capital.
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Gold lost its footing on Thursday after the US dollar jumped against other currencies, but euro zone debt jitters could limit losses as investors fretted about the lack of resolution to solve the crisis in Greece.
The Greek prime minister
Oman, which pegs its currency to the US dollar along with most Gulf Arab states, said on Wednesday a US debt default would destabilise Gulf reserves.
'We are discussing it within the central bank,' said a senior central bank o