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Gold prices settle up by more than 1% for the week; palladium futures log another record

Gold prices climbed Friday to tally a 1.2% gain for the week. U.S. and European benchmark stock indexes declined and the dollar fell for the week, providing a boost to prices of the yellow metal. December gold climbed by $8, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,223 an ounce. Palladium futures, meanwhile, settled at another record on expectations for much stronger demand. R. Michael Jones, chief executive officer of Platinum Group Metals Ltd. December palladium added $17.20, or 1.5%, to finish at...

Stocks Turn Lower as Retail Drop Offsets Utilities

U.S. equity indexes fluctuated as a plunge in retail and technology stocks was partly offset by energy and utility gains. Treasuries climbed and the dollar retreated. The S&P 500 Index fell 0.2 percent as of 11:46 a.m. New York time.The S&P 500 Index turned lower as department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. declined on disappointing results, following letdowns from Macy™s Inc. and Dillard™s Inc. At the same time, California utilities PG&E Corp. and Edison International began to...

European stocks dragged lower by tech, Brexit concerns

European markets struggled Friday, finishing in the red and with chunky weekly losses, as concerns about the U.K.™s Brexit deal again hit top banks, and chip makers were dented after Nvidia Corp. warned on weaker sales ahead. The Stoxx Europe 600 closed 0.2% lower at 357.71, bringing the week™s losses to 2.2%. The French CAC 40 ended down 0.2% at 5,025.20, with a weekly slip of 1.6%, while Germany™s DAX 30 wrapped up the day off 0.1% at 11,341. The U.K.™s FTSE 100 dipped 0.3% to...

Hong Kong Shares Close Week on Positive Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished the week with gains Friday, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street with energy firms supported by an uptick in oil prices. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.19 points, to close at 26,183.53. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.41 percent, or 10.94 points higher at 2,679.11, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.84 percent, or 11.78 points, to finish at 1,410.18.

Dollar Falls as Fed's Clarida Says Interest Rates Near Neutral

The dollar fell on Friday after Richard Clarida, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that interest rates were near neutral, but indicated that a December rate hike is still possible. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback™s strength against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.46% to 96.35, as of 10:17 AM ET (15:17 GMT). The dollar was lower against the safe-heaven Japanese yen, with USD/JPY falling 0.76% to 112.78 In times of uncertainty, investors tend to invest...

U.K. Services Slowdown Takes Shine Off Recent Economic Optimism
Monday, 5 February 2018 16:48 WIB | ECONOMY |Ekonomi inggris

Britain services growth weakened more than expected at the start of the year, casting a cloud over the economy following some recent positive figures.

IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers Index fell to 53 in January from 54.2 in December. That's the lowest since September 2016 and well below the 54.1 economists had forecast.

Along with reports last week showing a slowdown in manufacturing and a near-stagnation in construction, Markit said the gauges suggest economic growth has slowed œsharply. They come just days before the Bank of England's latest policy decision, when it will also update forecasts that are key to the outlook for interest rates.

The disappointing PMI readings are in contrast to data showing the economy expanded 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter and employment growth was far stronger than anticipated. 

That had sparked a shift in expectations about U.K. interest rates, with investors raising bets on a hike as early as May. But the PMI survey -- which also showed softer price gains -- may somewhat temper that. 

Last month's readings suggest the economy is running at a quarterly growth rate of just under 0.3 percent.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold prices settle up by more than 1% for the week; palladium futures log another record

Gold prices climbed Friday to tally a 1.2% gain for the week. U.S. and European benchmark stock indexes declined and the dollar fell for the week, providing a boost to prices of the yellow metal. December gold climbed by $8, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,223 an ounce. Palladium futures, meanwhile, settled at another record on expectations for much stronger demand. R. Michael Jones, chief executive officer of Platinum Group Metals Ltd. December palladium added $17.20, or 1.5%, to finish at...

Stocks Turn Lower as Retail Drop Offsets Utilities

U.S. equity indexes fluctuated as a plunge in retail and technology stocks was partly offset by energy and utility gains. Treasuries climbed and the dollar retreated. The S&P 500 Index fell 0.2 percent as of 11:46 a.m. New York time.The S&P 500 Index turned lower as department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. declined on disappointing results, following letdowns from Macy™s Inc. and Dillard™s Inc. At the same time, California utilities PG&E Corp. and Edison International began to...

European stocks dragged lower by tech, Brexit concerns

European markets struggled Friday, finishing in the red and with chunky weekly losses, as concerns about the U.K.™s Brexit deal again hit top banks, and chip makers were dented after Nvidia Corp. warned on weaker sales ahead. The Stoxx Europe 600 closed 0.2% lower at 357.71, bringing the week™s losses to 2.2%. The French CAC 40 ended down 0.2% at 5,025.20, with a weekly slip of 1.6%, while Germany™s DAX 30 wrapped up the day off 0.1% at 11,341. The U.K.™s FTSE 100 dipped 0.3% to...

Hong Kong Shares Close Week on Positive Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished the week with gains Friday, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street with energy firms supported by an uptick in oil prices. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.19 points, to close at 26,183.53. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.41 percent, or 10.94 points higher at 2,679.11, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.84 percent, or 11.78 points, to finish at 1,410.18.

Dollar Falls as Fed's Clarida Says Interest Rates Near Neutral

The dollar fell on Friday after Richard Clarida, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that interest rates were near neutral, but indicated that a December rate hike is still possible. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback™s strength against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.46% to 96.35, as of 10:17 AM ET (15:17 GMT). The dollar was lower against the safe-heaven Japanese yen, with USD/JPY falling 0.76% to 112.78 In times of uncertainty, investors tend to invest...

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