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THE Middle East witnessed two major geopolitical events in June – a diplomatic crisis that left Qatar isolated and a regime change in Saudi Arabia. The fact that oil prices hardly reacted to either underscores the persistent supply glut facing the market.
LONDON: The Hong Kong bourse’s unsolicited takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) suffered a further setback after China praised the British firm’s scathing rebuff.
MOSCOW: A deal that convinced the United States to lift sanctions on companies linked to Oleg Deripaska may have helped restore order to the global aluminum market, but it’s left the Russian billionaire himself increasingly isolated.
DUBAI: When Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar in mid-2017, many international bankers chose to chase a potential fee windfall in Riyadh over doing deals with its rich but isolated neighbour.
LONDON: One of the world’s biggest buyers of trophy assets is becoming a seller. Isolated by powerful Arab neighbours, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is reversing a decade-long run in high-profile foreign investments to buttress its own economy.
NEW YORK: Stocks fell on Wall Street and U.S. government bond yields dropped on Monday after North Korea accused the United States of having declared war on the isolated country, while the euro fell after German elections showed support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party fell to its lowest since 1949.