Israel stocks lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.48% By Investing.com



© Reuters. Israel stocks lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.48%

Investing.com – Israel stocks were lower after the close on Sunday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tel Aviv, the declined 0.48%.

The best performers of the session on the were Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd (TASE:), which rose 6.65% or 20.8 points to trade at 333.4 at the close. Meanwhile, Delek Group (TASE:) added 4.56% or 450 points to end at 10320 and Delek Drilling LP (TASE:) was up 2.27% or 7 points to 302 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Liveperson (TASE:), which fell 4.18% or 500 points to trade at 11470 at the close. Airport City Ltd (TASE:) declined 2.79% or 131 points to end at 4570 and OPKO Health Inc (TASE:) was down 2.67% or 24 points to 862.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 227 to 160 and 20 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.39% or 0.14 to $36.48 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.04% or 0.40 to hit $38.95 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 2.20 to trade at $1737.60 a troy ounce.

USD/ILS was up 0.27% to 3.4752, while EUR/ILS fell 0.09% to 3.9117.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 97.330.

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Israel stocks higher at close of trade; TA 35 up 0.09% By Investing.com



© Reuters. Israel stocks higher at close of trade; TA 35 up 0.09%

Investing.com – Israel stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tel Aviv, the rose 0.09% to hit a new 3-months high.

The best performers of the session on the were OPKO Health Inc (TASE:), which rose 4.83% or 42 points to trade at 912 at the close. Meanwhile, Israel Discount Bank Ltd (TASE:) added 4.48% or 52 points to end at 1212 and Airport City Ltd (TASE:) was up 3.98% or 178 points to 4652 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Energean Oil & Gas PLC (TASE:), which fell 5.26% or 133 points to trade at 2396 at the close. Fattal 1998 Holdings Ltd (TASE:) declined 3.83% or 930 points to end at 23360 and Delek Drilling LP (TASE:) was down 3.05% or 10 points to 318.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 228 to 163 and 25 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.37% or 0.14 to $38.05 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.76% or 0.31 to hit $40.49 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.95% or 16.25 to trade at $1721.35 a troy ounce.

USD/ILS was down 0.03% to 3.4480, while EUR/ILS rose 0.39% to 3.9098.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 96.362.

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Who’s bidding to be next World Trade Organization chief? By Reuters



© Reuters. World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) began the process on Monday of selecting a new director-general to replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down a year early at the end of August.

Azevedo’s successor will need to steer reforms and negotiations in the face of rising protectionism, a deep recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing trade tensions, notably between the United States and China.

The Geneva-based body normally takes nine months to choose a new chief, but now wants to do so in three.

Governments can nominate their own nationals until July 8. Candidates are expected to present themselves to the WTO’s 164 members from the following week, most likely in virtual meetings due to COVID-19-related measures.

The WTO prefers to choose a chief by consensus, only moving to a vote as a last resort.

There is considerable interest in female and African candidates since they have been under-represented in the body’s 25-year history, trade sources say. However, some in Europe say there is an unwritten rule that the post alternates between the developing and developed world, meaning it is the latter’s turn this time.

Below is a summary of possible candidates:

AFRICA

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), board chair of global vaccine alliance Gavi

Okonjo-Iweala, 65, is an economist and development specialist who has served as Nigeria’s foreign minister and twice finance minister as well as working at the World Bank, including as a managing director. Declared as Nigeria’s candidate late last week, the former Harvard and MIT student’s work has involved efforts to make immunisation programmes financially sustainable.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

Eloi Laourou (Benin), ambassador to the UN and WTO

Diplomat for 30 years and champion of the rights of poorer countries as ex-coordinator of a group of the least developed countries. Holding a doctorate in international law and international relations, he co-chairs a working group of French-speaking countries on trade and development.

He did not respond to a request for comment.

Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), currently Geneva-based lawyer

An Egyptian attorney, former trade negotiator for Egypt and ex-WTO official who helped draft an agreement on trade in services in the landmark Uruguay Round deal – an experience which he said gave him essential “bridge-building” skills.

Mamdouh, 67, is currently advising the G20 presidency, Saudi Arabia, on trade and investment matters. He confirmed his candidacy to Reuters and says he is backed by Egypt.

Amina Mohamed, (Kenya) sport and culture minister

Mohamed, 58, is a former Kenyan ambassador to the WTO who was the first woman to chair the WTO’s General Council in 2005.

She ran for the DG post unsuccessfully in 2013. According to her CV, she speaks four languages, has a law degree and describes herself as an “excellent strategist and visionary” and has advocated broad participation in the WTO reform process.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

EUROPE

Arancha Gonzalez Laya (Spain), Spanish foreign minister

A lawyer, she served as Chief of Staff to Pascal Lamy in his role as WTO Director General between 2005 and 2013.

Trade officials say she may be unacceptable to the U.S. administration given strained relations with Washington under Lamy’s leadership.

Asked about her potential candidacy, she said she had a “full plate” with her current job.

Phil Hogan (Ireland), European trade commissioner

The EU trade chief is in his second role as a European commissioner, previously covering agriculture, and is considering a bid. A politician of the centre-right Fine Gael party, he has also served as minister in two Irish governments.

He is a proponent of reform at the WTO, agreeing with United States and Japan on the need to update global rules on industrial subsidies. His own direct relations with Washington have been less cordial, however, amid persistent transatlantic trade tension.

Peter Mandelson (United Kingdom), chairman of strategic advisory firm Global Counsel

Former European Trade Commissioner and former minister under Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

The UK government, which would need to back him, says it has not made up its mind yet. Mandelson has not commented.



Factbox: Who’s bidding to be next World Trade Organization chief?


GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) began the process on Monday of selecting a new director-general to replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down a year early at the end of August.

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Azevedo’s successor will need to steer reforms and negotiations in the face of rising protectionism, a deep recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing trade tensions, notably between the United States and China.

The Geneva-based body normally takes nine months to choose a new chief, but now wants to do so in three.

Governments can nominate their own nationals until July 8. Candidates are expected to present themselves to the WTO’s 164 members from the following week, most likely in virtual meetings due to COVID-19-related measures.

The WTO prefers to choose a chief by consensus, only moving to a vote as a last resort.

There is considerable interest in female and African candidates since they have been under-represented in the body’s 25-year history, trade sources say. However, some in Europe say there is an unwritten rule that the post alternates between the developing and developed world, meaning it is the latter’s turn this time.

Below is a summary of possible candidates:

AFRICA

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), board chair of global vaccine alliance Gavi

Okonjo-Iweala, 65, is an economist and development specialist who has served as Nigeria’s foreign minister and twice finance minister as well as working at the World Bank, including as a managing director. Declared as Nigeria’s candidate late last week, the former Harvard and MIT student’s work has involved efforts to make immunisation programmes financially sustainable.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

Eloi Laourou (Benin), ambassador to the UN and WTO

Diplomat for 30 years and champion of the rights of poorer countries as ex-coordinator of a group of the least developed countries. Holding a doctorate in international law and international relations, he co-chairs a working group of French-speaking countries on trade and development.

He did not respond to a request for comment.

Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), currently Geneva-based lawyer

An Egyptian attorney, former trade negotiator for Egypt and ex-WTO official who helped draft an agreement on trade in services in the landmark Uruguay Round deal – an experience which he said gave him essential “bridge-building” skills.

Mamdouh, 67, is currently advising the G20 presidency, Saudi Arabia, on trade and investment matters. He confirmed his candidacy to Reuters and says he is backed by Egypt.

Amina Mohamed, (Kenya) sport and culture minister

Mohamed, 58, is a former Kenyan ambassador to the WTO who was the first woman to chair the WTO’s General Council in 2005.

She ran for the DG post unsuccessfully in 2013. According to her CV, she speaks four languages, has a law degree and describes herself as an “excellent strategist and visionary” and has advocated broad participation in the WTO reform process.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

EUROPE

Arancha Gonzalez Laya (Spain), Spanish foreign minister

A lawyer, she served as Chief of Staff to Pascal Lamy in his role as WTO Director General between 2005 and 2013.

Trade officials say she may be unacceptable to the U.S. administration given strained relations with Washington under Lamy’s leadership.

Asked about her potential candidacy, she said she had a “full plate” with her current job.

Phil Hogan (Ireland), European trade commissioner

The EU trade chief is in his second role as a European commissioner, previously covering agriculture, and is considering a bid. A politician of the centre-right Fine Gael party, he has also served as minister in two Irish governments.

He is a proponent of reform at the WTO, agreeing with United States and Japan on the need to update global rules on industrial subsidies. His own direct relations with Washington have been less cordial, however, amid persistent transatlantic trade tension.

Peter Mandelson (United Kingdom), chairman of strategic advisory firm Global Counsel

Former European Trade Commissioner and former minister under Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

The UK government, which would need to back him, says it has not made up its mind yet. Mandelson has not commented.

Reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva, Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, Andrea Shalal in Washington, William James in London, Belen Carreno in Madrid, Katharine Houreld in Nairobi; Editing by Hugh Lawson



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Saudi Arabia stocks higher at close of trade; Tadawul All Share up 0.83% By Investing.com



© Reuters. Saudi Arabia stocks higher at close of trade; Tadawul All Share up 0.83%

Investing.com – Saudi Arabia stocks were higher after the close on Sunday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Saudi Arabia, the gained 0.83%.

The best performers of the session on the were National Gypsum Company (SE:), which rose 9.95% or 1.32 points to trade at 14.58 at the close. Meanwhile, Al-Ahlia Insurance Company (SE:) added 9.94% or 0.81 points to end at 8.96 and National Agriculture Development Co (SE:) was up 9.30% or 2.40 points to 28.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Bupa Arabia for Coop. Insurance (SE:), which fell 2.09% or 2.40 points to trade at 112.60 at the close. Riyad REIT (SE:) declined 1.78% or 0.14 points to end at 7.74 and Mulkia Gulf Real Estate REIT (SE:) was down 1.27% or 0.10 points to 7.78.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange by 151 to 39 and 9 ended unchanged.

Shares in National Agriculture Development Co (SE:) rose to 52-week highs; up 9.30% or 2.40 to 28.20. Shares in Mulkia Gulf Real Estate REIT (SE:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 1.27% or 0.10 to 7.78.

Crude oil for July delivery was up 4.12% or 1.54 to $38.95 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 4.95% or 1.98 to hit $41.97 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 2.26% or 39.05 to trade at $1688.35 a troy ounce.

EUR/SAR was down 0.37% to 4.2400, while USD/SAR rose 0.03% to 3.7550.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 96.938.

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Kosovo removes trade barriers on Serbia to allow talks By Reuters



© Reuters. Kosovo picks new government promising deal with Serbia

By Fatos Bytyci

PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s newly elected government has removed all trade barriers for goods produced in Serbia, paving the way for a resumption of talks with Belgrade on an agreement that could enable the tiny Balkan country to get United Nations membership.

After just three days in office, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said his country had acted in accordance with demands from the United States and the European Union.

“We are ready to immediately sit at the dialogue table,” Hoti said after a government meeting. “Now we expect the same thing from the Serb side.”

Hoti said he expected Serbia to stop its campaign against Kosovar independence, which is focused on convincing various countries to withdraw recognition of Kosovo and block its membership of international organisations.

European Union-sponsored talks between Belgrade and Pristina came to a halt in November 2018 when Kosovo introduced a 100% tax on goods produced in Serbia.

The government of Hoti’s predecessor, Albin Kurti, removed the tax, but introduced other restrictions on trade, a move that angered the EU and United States – the most vocal international backers of Kosovar independence.

Reacting to the government’s decision, Kurti said the move was in “Serbia’s service.”

The United States, Kosovo’s biggest supporter both politically and financially, said it would unfreeze around $50 million in economic aid that had been blocked due to Pristina’s refusal to lift the tariffs.

The aid will come via the Millennium Challenge Corporation or MCC, a U.S. government foreign assistance agency.

Kosovo, where Albanians account for 90% of the population, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nearly a decade after NATO bombed Serbia to halt the killing and expulsion of Albanians in Kosovo during a two-year counter-insurgency.

Serbia, together with its traditional ally Russia, has been blocking Kosovo’s membership of international organisations, including the United Nations.

A deal on mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia is also a pre-condition for Belgrade to join the EU.

Kosovo’s independence is recognised by more than 110 countries, but not by several nations including Russia, China and Serbia, which still considers it part of its territory.

“Whatever agreement we reach it is not going to be favourable for us (Serbia) but we are going to try and find the least unfavourable solution,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Belgrade Prva TV on Saturday.

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France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 3.71% By Investing.com



© Reuters. France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 3.71%

Investing.com – France stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the added 3.71% to hit a new 3-months high, while the index gained 3.42%.

The best performers of the session on the were Airbus Group SE (PA:), which rose 12.50% or 9.00 points to trade at 80.98 at the close. Meanwhile, WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:) added 11.02% or 7.02 points to end at 70.72 and Societe Generale SA (PA:) was up 10.36% or 1.58 points to 16.85 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Worldline SA (PA:), which fell 2.28% or 1.64 points to trade at 70.18 at the close. Pernod Ricard SA (PA:) declined 0.24% or 0.35 points to end at 146.70 and Sanofi SA (PA:) was up 0.35% or 0.31 points to 89.16.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Europcar Groupe SA (PA:) which rose 17.49% to 2.06, Airbus Group SE (PA:) which was up 12.50% to settle at 80.98 and Air France KLM SA (PA:) which gained 12.48% to close at 5.57.

The worst performers were Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA (PA:) which was down 7.46% to 213.40 in late trade, Biomerieux SA (PA:) which lost 5.52% to settle at 112.90 and Eurofins Scientific SE (PA:) which was down 2.71% to 588.60 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 417 to 180 and 68 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.44% to 27.19.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 2.47% or 42.75 to $1684.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 4.97% or 1.86 to hit $39.27 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 5.25% or 2.10 to trade at $42.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.41% to 1.1290, while EUR/GBP fell 1.04% to 0.8905.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 96.963.

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Russian energy minister discusses trade, investment with Iranian counterpart By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian Energy Minister Novak arrives at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed trade ties and investment cooperation with his Iranian counterpart Reza Ardakanian by telephone on Friday, Russia’s energy ministry said.

The ministry added that they had discussed cooperation in the energy, agricultural and transport sectors.

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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70% By Investing.com



© Reuters. Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the gained 0.70% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the were DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 10.57% or 335.0 points to trade at 3505.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:) added 7.17% or 39.0 points to end at 583.0 and Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T:) was up 7.08% or 67.3 points to 1017.5 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd (T:), which fell 4.66% or 119.0 points to trade at 2436.0 at the close. Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:) declined 3.55% or 805.0 points to end at 21890.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 3.05% or 160.0 points to 5090.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2435 to 1179 and 180 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.73.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 1.98% or 0.68 to $33.67 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 1.99% or 0.72 to hit $35.45 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.50% or 8.45 to trade at $1697.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.00% to 107.52, while EUR/JPY fell 0.22% to 117.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 99.200.

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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.55% By Investing.com



© Reuters. Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.55%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 2.55% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the were The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T:), which rose 13.58% or 188.0 points to trade at 1572.0 at the close. Meanwhile, IHI Corp. (T:) added 9.93% or 143.0 points to end at 1583.0 and West Japan Railway Co. (T:) was up 8.33% or 564.0 points to 7332.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fujikura Ltd. (T:), which fell 5.59% or 18.0 points to trade at 304.0 at the close. Comsys Holdings Corp. (T:) declined 2.84% or 85.0 points to end at 2904.0 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:) was down 2.55% or 47.0 points to 1797.5.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2639 to 1031 and 134 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.73.

Crude oil for July delivery was up 3.61% or 1.20 to $34.45 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 2.34% or 0.83 to hit $36.36 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.41% or 7.10 to trade at $1728.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.13% to 107.83, while EUR/JPY rose 0.48% to 117.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 99.470.

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