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Gold prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

Australia's Economy Grows Slower Than Forecast on Export Slump
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 08:14 WIB | ECONOMY |

Australia's economy grew slower than forecast in the final three months of last year, underscoring the likelihood of the central bank keeping interest rates on hold.

GDP rose 0.4% from prior quarter vs estimated 0.5% gain, GDP climbed 2.4% from year earlier vs forecast 2.5% rise. Non-dwelling construction slumped 8%, subtracting 0.5 percentage point from GDP; exports fell 1.8%, subtracting 0.4 percentage point; household spending rose 1%, adding 0.6 percentage point. Household savings ratio was 2.7% in fourth quarter vs revised 2.5% in prior three months. Aussie dollar little changed, buying 77.77 U.S. cents at 11:35 a.m. in Sydney vs 77.82 pre-data

Australia is transitioning toward services driven economic growth and away from mining, with the central bank keeping interest rates at a record low for more than 18 months to support the transition. While businesses have boosted investment and hiring, including a record 300,000 full-time jobs last year, unemployment is falling only slowly and inflation just creeping higher as spare capacity remains in the economy.

Households remain mired in record-high debt and weak wage growth that™s constrained spending. The government has stepped in to provide some support to demand with large infrastructure projects to help eastern states cope with a surge in population growth.

Australia's central bank says it expects growth to accelerate this year from last, which should help soak up spare capacity. Still, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe said earlier on Wednesday he sees no strong case for a rate move in the near term, adding that progress in the jobless rate and inflation will occur œonly gradually.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

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