Trump defends court nominee Kavanaugh, wants to hear from accuser

By Roberta Rampton and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Sept 19 : President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court pick, saying it is hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if the nominee’s accuser does not testify before the Senate. Trump made […]

U.S. seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran – special envoy

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Sept 19 : The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran that will cover both its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week. “The new deal that we hope to be able […]

S&P, Dow lifted by financials; Microsoft pressures Nasdaq

By Shreyashi Sanyal Undated, Sept 19 : The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials Average rose on Wednesday, as bank stocks gained on rising Treasury yields, while a drop in Microsoft pressured the Nasdaq. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moved back above the symbolic 3 percent mark on Tuesday and hit its highest […]

U.S. natural gas prices remain on defensive despite low stocks: Kemp

By John Kemp LONDON, Sept 19 : Benchmark U.S. natural gas prices have remained stuck below $3 per million British thermal units for most of this year even as consumption has soared and gas stocks have slipped to their lowest seasonal levels since 2003. Working stocks in underground storage amounted to just 2,636 billion cubic […]

Gold pushes higher as dollar weakens on trade dispute

By Eric Onstad LONDON, Sept 19 : – Bullion bounced on Wednesday as the dollar weakened, indicating investors are starting to worry about the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on the U.S. economy, luring some buyers back into gold investments. Spot gold climbed 0.6 percent to $1,204.92 an ounce by 1235 GMT after going […]

Copper and zinc jump as U.S.-China trade tariffs undershoot expectations

By Zandi Shabalala LONDON, Sept 19 : Copper jumped to its highest in three weeks on Wednesday, boosted by a weaker dollar after a new round of U.S.-China trade tariffs were not as high as previously expected. China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on […]