Market Pulse - Commodities
South32 revealed on Friday that non-executive director Keith Rumble had acquired 35,700 ordinary shares in the London-listed mining and metals company.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their target price on shares of energy services company John Wood Group from 590p to 540p on Friday, but said the company's underlying progress over the first half of 2019 was "sound".
Shares in Tesla were up on Friday after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that it would exempt 16 of the US car manufacturer's electric vehicle models from its purchase tax.
Chinese President Xi Jinping rejected Filipino claims to territory in the South China Sea in a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday.
A widely-followed market timing indicator flipped into a 'buy' signal on Thursday, pointing to better than even odds, albeit not by much, of a near-term rally in stocks, although bonds were most likely set for a correction.
Sabine Lautenschlager became the third member in as many days at the end of the week to argue against the European Central Bank restarting its quantitative easing programme, saying that there were no signs yet of deflation and warning of the risk of 'moral hazard' by setting the wrong incentives for governments.
China lodged a formal protest against the latest round of trade tariffs announced by the US but said that for the moment being it would refrain from a like-for-like response, although a meeting between trade officials from both sides in September had yet to be confirmed.
Commercial stockpiles of crude oil and products in the US dropped sharply during the latest reference week on the back of a large fall in net imports.
Primark announced plans to train 160,000 cotton farmers in India, Pakistan and China on environmentally friendly farming methods by 2022 in a bid to improve the sustainability of its operations.
Mineral exploration and resource development firm Amur Minerals revealed on Tuesday that non-executive director Thomas Bowens had purchased 7. 52m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed firm.
Diversified Gas and Oil has entered into binding agreements to acquire two separate packages of "margin enhancing" natural gas gathering systems in the US.
Analysts at RBC Capital Markets upped their price target on FTSE 250-listed precious metals mining firm Polymetal on Tuesday, emphasising that a strong second half appeared to lay on the horizon.
Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, reversed course on the possibility of holding talks with the US on a new nuclear deal until Washington lifts "all illegal, unjust and unfair sanctions imposed on Iran".
AFC Energy on Tuesday successfully achieved twelve continuous months of operation of its fuel cell electrode and said it is on track to achieve targeted electrode longevity.
Proton Power Systems on Tuesday entered into a joint-venture agreement with Schäfer Elektronik, with the two new partners aiming to build an integrated plug and play power unit.
Wall Street was left reeling at the end of the week after the US President upped the ante in his trade war with China following Beijing's decision to retaliate against the latest measures threatened by Washington.
The focus over the coming week will likely continue to be squarely on the US-China trade war, with investors trying to digest Washington's likely next move in the 'tit-for-tat' trade war even as negotiators from both sides continue to hold consultations ahead of another round of face-to-face talks in September.
Monetary policy might not be the best tool to address the impact of trade wars, although it might help to offset some of their effects, which might prove to be transitory, the head of the world's most important central bank, the US Federal Reserve, said.
Commodity prices were on the backfoot on Thursday, with weakness in energy and metals futures offsetting a small bid in the agricultural space.
Premier Oil surprised markets on Thursday, announcing its intention to sell its stake in the Zama field offshore Mexico in a bid to further reduce its debt pile.