Business as usual before Trump-Jinping meeting

The upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday (April 6) has not substantially shook up Asian markets, which have remained relatively flat at midday trading hours. 

Oil rally halted by uptick in Libyan production

Oil futures came under renewed pressure on Monday (4 April) on news of a rebound in production in war-torn Libya, which countered market chatter in favour of Opec extending its production cut by another six months from June. 

Safe-haven punters return with aplomb as gold price jumps

Gold futures were on the up on 4 April as worries over the French election, President Donald Trump’s current inability to set the US legislative agenda, and concerns over Brexit brought safe-haven investors out in force as the dollar weakened. 

Jim Ratcliffe, the English tycoon who’ll soon control vast chunks of North Sea oil

When oil giant BP agreed to sell its strategic Forties Pipeline System (FPS) for $250m (£200m) to privately-held energy and petrochemicals firm Ineos, the billionaire tycoon Jim Ratcliffe, who founded the independent upstart buying the iconic piece of oil and gas infrastructure, anointed himself the new King of Scotland unwittingly or not.