الاتحاد الأوروبي يخطط لمقاضاة بريطانيا في حال تهربت من دفع فاتورة “البريكست”

يخطط الاتحاد الأوروبي لمقاضاة بريطانيا في حال لم توافق على قضايا رئيسية أثناء مفاوضات الخروج، والتي تشمل فاتورة بقيمة 50 مليار إسترليني (62.4 مليار دولار)، وذلك بحسب ما أظهرته وثائق اطلعت عليها إحدى الصحف الهولندية. وتقول صحيفة “دي فولكسكرانت” الهولندية، إنها تمكنت من الحصول على المسودة التي أعدها مسؤولو الاتحاد الأوروبي بشأن المفاوضات حول خروج […]

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متاجر التجزئة في الصين ترفع اللحوم البرازيلية من على أرفف العرض

قام عدد كبير من سلاسل متاجر التجزئة الكبرى في الصين بإزالة لحوم البقر والدواجن البرازيلية من على أرفف العرض في متاجرهم، وذلك في أول علامة على أن فضيحة اللحوم الفاسدة بدأت تظهر تداعياتها في أكبر سوق لصناعة اللحوم البرازيلية. وتأتي هذه التحركات التي شملت مجموعة “صن آرت ريتايل” – أكبر سلسلة متاجر في الصين – […]

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مبيعات المنازل الأمريكية المملوكة سابقا تنخفض خلال فبراير

انخفضت مبيعات المنازل الأمريكية المملوكة سابقاً خلال فبراير/شباط، وذلك على خلفية استمرار حالة الاختناق التي يتعرض لها سوق الإسكان في الولايات المتحدة، بسبب قلة حجم المعروض. وأظهرت البيانات الصادرة الأربعاء عن الرابطة الوطنية للوسطاء العقاريين، انخفاض مبيعات المنازل الأمريكية القائمة بنسبة 3.7% على أساس شهري إلى معدل سنوي قدره 5.48 مليون وحدة خلال فبراير/شباط. وجاءت […]

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الأسهم الأمريكية تنخفض هامشيا في بداية الجلسة

هبطت غالبية مؤشرات الأسهم الأمريكية عند افتتاح تداولات الأربعاء وسط عدم يقين بين المستثمرين حيال مدى سرعة تنفيذ الرئيس “دونالد ترامب” لإجراءات السياسة المالية التي تعهد بها بالإضافة إلى الشكوك بشأن إصلاح نظام “أوباما كير” للرعاية الصحية. وتراجع مؤشر “داو جونز” الصناعي حوالي 35 نقطة إلى 20632 نقطة في تمام الساعة 04:45 مساءً بتوقيت مكة […]

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Pound Falls As Scottish Parliament Votes On Second Independence Referendum

The pound slipped against its major counterparts in the New York session on Wednesday, as the Scottish lawmakers are voting on a demand for second independence referendum, with the chamber set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal amid resistance from the U.K.

Members of the Scottish Parliament began a two-day debate on Tuesday, with a vote due today.

On Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon warned that it would be wrong and unacceptable for the UK government to stand as a hindrance to the outcome of vote in the Scottish Parliament.

Sturgeon wants the referendum to held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 when the terms of the U.K.’s exit from European Union are clear.

With the U.K. set to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty next week, investors are worried over the disagreement between the nation and the EU of the financial commitments that could serve as a stumbling block for post-Brexit trade talks.

Investor sentiment dampened on growing uncertainty over the implementation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy agenda, as the country’s health care reform bill struggles to gain support from House conservatives and Senate Republicans ahead of an anticipated vote on Thursday.

Trump has suggested the GOP cannot move forward with tax reform plans until lawmakers keep the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Data published by the Bank of England showed that moderate rates of activity growth in the UK had continued overall.

Growth is forecast to slow further during the year ahead as the fall in sterling fed through to higher prices, reducing households’ purchasing power, according to Agent’s summary of business conditions. On the other hand, export volume growth had picked up.

The currency retreated from early highs against its major counterparts in the European session.

The pound dropped to 1.2431 against the greenback, reversing from an early multi-week high of 1.2506. If the pound-greenback pair extends side, 1.23 is possibly seen as its next support level.

The pound weakened to 137.96 against the yen, its weakest since January 17. Continuation of the pound’s downtrend may see it challenging support around the 136.00 region.

The minutes from the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy meeting on January 30 and 31 revealed that board members stated the country’s economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace.

“Exports had picked up, mainly led by automobile-related exports to advanced economies and IT-related ones to emerging economies in Asia, with the effects of the slowdown in emerging economies diminishing. They would likely continue their pick-up trend for the time being,” the minutes said.

The pound reversed from an early high of 1.2414 against the franc, dropping to a 2-day low of 1.2316. The pound is seen finding support around the 1.22 mark.

The pound, having advanced to more than a 2-week high of 0.8643 against the euro at 4:40 am ET, reversed direction and dropped to 0.8690. The next possible support for the pound may be seen around the 0.88 area.

Data from the European Central Bank showed that the euro area current account surplus declined to a 15-month low in January.

The current account surplus fell to EUR 24.1 billion in January from EUR 30.8 billion in December. This was the lowest since October 2015, when the surplus totaled EUR 23.4 billion.

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U.S. Existing Home Sales Pull Back More Than Expected In February

Existing home sales in the U.S. saw a sharp pullback in the month of February, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday.

NAR said existing home sales tumbled by 3.7 percent to an annual rate of 5.48 million in February after jumping by 3.3 percent to a rate of 5.69 million in January. Economists had expected sales to drop to 5.58 million.

The bigger than expected decrease came after existing home sales surged up to their highest rate in almost ten years in the previous month.

Despite the monthly pullback, the report said existing home sales in February were up by 5.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

“Realtors are reporting stronger foot traffic from a year ago, but low supply in the affordable price range continues to be the pest that’s pushing up price growth and pressuring the budgets of prospective buyers,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

He added, “Newly listed properties are being snatched up quickly so far this year and leaving behind minimal choices for buyers trying to reach the market.”

NAR said the median existing home price for all housing types was $228,400 in February, up 0.5 percent from $227,300 in January and up 7.7 percent from $212,100 a year ago.

The number of existing homes available for sale jumped 4.2 percent to 1.75 million in February from 1.68 million in January but is still down 6.4 percent year-over-year.

The unsold inventory at the end of February represents 3.8 months of supply at the current sales pace compared to 3.5 months at the end of January.

The report also said single-family home sales slumped by 3.0 percent to a rate of 4.89 million, while existing condominium and co-op sales plummeted by 9.2 percent to a rate of 590,000.

On Thursday, the Commerce Department is scheduled to release a separate report on new home sales in February. New home sales are expected to rise to a rate of 565,000 in February from 555,000 in January.

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