*HK-> Shanghai Connect daily quota used 5.5%, Shanghai-> HK daily quota used 0.2%. Sept 18- Hong Kong stocks slipped on Wednesday, posting their third straight losing session as investors showed caution ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate cut. **Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex- Japan stock index was up 0.06%, while Japan's Nikkei index closed down 0.18%.
The U.S. doesn't want war but Iran seems inclined to "test the Trump administration," says Gerald Feierstein, a former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
HONG KONG, Sept 18- The Chinese yuan firmed a touch on Wednesday as traders awaited the U.S. Prior to the market opening, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint guidance rate at 7.0728 per dollar, slightly firmer than the previous fix of 7.073. The currency enjoyed some support from the midpoint guidance, said a trader in Shanghai. "
SHANGHAI, Sept 18- China stocks gained on Wednesday on expectations of lower borrowing costs at home and the United States, with improving trade relations between Beijing and Washington aiding risk appetite. Hong Kong shares were little moved. **In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index was flat at 26,797.53 points.
SINGAPORE, Sept 18- London copper prices ticked up on Wednesday, while other industrial metals traded in tight ranges, as investors awaited clues on the U.S. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.2% at $5,834 a tonne, as of 0345 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange eased 0.1% to 47,340 yuan a tonne.
*U.S. says believes attacks on Saudi came from southwest Iran. But investors remained cautious about Middle East tension after the United States said it believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran. Iran has denied involvement in the strikes.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach over whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year. After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump did...
Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday amid cautious mood as investors awaited cues on the U.S. central bank's stance on monetary easing, while a drop in crude prices dented demand for safe-haven bullion.
Oil prices slipped on Wednesday, extending losses from the previous session after Saudi Arabia's energy minister said the kingdom will restore lost oil production by the end of the month.
The dollar traded near a seven-week high versus the yen on Wednesday as oil markets slowly recovered from a supply shock, but markets were cautious ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the day that is expected to deliver another interest rate cut.
The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau now believes that the financial regulator she leads is unconstitutionally structured.
The Trump administration move on California's auto emissions standards would likely set up a fight between the White House and the state.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called on lobbyists to be banned from donating and fundraising for their preferred campaigns. Her new plan represents the latest shift for Warren who had help from lobbyists when she ran for Senate.
The fine against Carmene "Zsa Zsa" DePaolo was the maximum possible civil penalty that she faced under the Hatch Act for her comments about Hillary Clinton's immigration plan at a deportation hearing.
An estimated 71.6 million people watched the final debate between White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on TV on Wednesday.
Clinton and Trump agree on this issue, but they're both wrong about how to fix the problem, says Pinar Çebi Wilber.
There isn't a "chorus" behind Donald Trump's debate performance, experts told CNBC.