A Chinese court meted out a nearly CNY700 million ($102.4 million) punishment to a Russian-controlled high-frequency trading firm for futures market manipulation.
Asian shares flat-lined on Friday but remained on track for a weekly gain, while crude oil prices pulled away from this week's 10-month lows.
The dollar eased versus the yen on Thursday as a recent rally tied to bets on another U.S. interest rate hike this year lost steam
Gold prices rose for a second straight day on Thursday, supported by an easing dollar and weakness in U.S. Treasury yields.
Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday.
Brent crude futures were 9 cents, or 0.2% higher
Changes in the global political climate have resulted in increasing uncertainty in trading markets and economies around the world. For investors, this could be either a great time to invest in assets or a better time to protect their net worth.