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Gold futures end lower for session, cling to weekly gain

Gold futures prices settled fractionally lower Friday although maintained a weekly gain. A decline for the leading dollar index boosted the metal, with gains held in check by a rebound for the U.S. stock market. December gold fell $1.00, or 0.1%, to $1,229.10 an ounce. The contract was up nearly 0.6% for the week after trading as high as $1,231 earlier in the week, its loftiest since July, according to FactSet data. Marketwatch

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Gold is heading for a third straight week of gains, the longest stretch since January, amid renewed interest in the precious metal as a safe haven. Volatility in equity markets and tensions in the Middle East have spurred demand for bullion, with holdings in exchange-traded funds backed by the metal expanding to the highest level in more six weeks. Concerns about the economy were further fueled by a JPMorgan Chase model indicating that the chance of the U.S. tipping...

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Inching Toward $1 Billion

Americans have a chance -- a very slight chance -- when the Mega Millions lottery numbers are picked Friday night. The jackpot has been building since the last winning set of numbers was drawn in July and has climbed to an astounding $970 million and could exceed the billion-dollar mark by the time all tickets are sold. Meantime, the jackpot for another lottery called Powerball stands at $430 million for a lucky winner in Saturday™s drawing. The odds of winning either game are about 1 in...

Shanghai Stocks Rally after Supporting Remarks

Shanghai stocks rebounded from early losses to surge more than two percent Friday after top economic officials made rare coordinated statements aimed at shoring up investor confidence in the country's troubled markets. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.58 percent, or 64.05 points, to 2,550.47 but it still finished the week 2.1 percent lower. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also gained 2.58 percent, or 31.80 points, to 1,263.81 but...

European markets close flat as Brussels looks to reduce tensions with Italy

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BOE Keeps Interest Rate on Hold as Inflation Seen Cooling Faster
Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:04 WIB | ECONOMY |BOEPoundsterling

The Bank of England kept interest rates on hold after a first-quarter economic slump and said inflation will slow faster than previously anticipated.

The Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to hold at 0.5 percent, as predicted by all but three of 54 economists in a Bloomberg survey. While Ian McCaffertyand Michael Saunders reiterated their support for an immediate increase, investors pared their bets on a rate hike this year. The pound fell.

The decision ends a roller-coaster ride for investors who had expected an increase until a few weeks ago, when data revealed a near standstill in economic growth and slower-than-expected inflation. While the BOE keeps alive the prospect of tighter policy to come, its statement suggests a gentle pace.

The pound dropped after the decision, erasing earlier gains. Money markets now show the probability of an August increase in borrowing costs as only about 50 percent, and a hike by the end of the year -- previously fully priced in -- at about 85 percent.

Sterling dropped 0.3 percent to $1.3505 as of 12:15 p.m. in London, after earlier climbing as much as 0.5 percent.

Explaining their decision to stand pat this month, the majority of the MPC noted the recent weak numbers. They said that "the costs to waiting for additional information were likely to be modest, given the need for only limited tightening over the forecast period."

New forecasts from the central bank showed inflation will slow more sharply, falling to the 2 percent target in two years. But it said this is partly because the pass-through of the pound™s depreciation since the Brexit vote is happening faster. It still sees a small amount of excess demand in the economy by early 2020.

The Inflation Report also showed that about one quarter-point hike a year will be needed to return inflation to the goal after the first increase in a decade last November.

The BOE isn't the only central bank to wobble on the exit ramp from the easy money of the past decade, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve sticks to its plan to gradually raise rates. The European Central Bank may now wait until after June to outline its next steps, while the Bank of Japan recently played down when it will reach its 2 percent inflation target. Sweden™s Riksbank and the Bank of Canada have also revised their tightening expectations.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold futures end lower for session, cling to weekly gain

Gold futures prices settled fractionally lower Friday although maintained a weekly gain. A decline for the leading dollar index boosted the metal, with gains held in check by a rebound for the U.S. stock market. December gold fell $1.00, or 0.1%, to $1,229.10 an ounce. The contract was up nearly 0.6% for the week after trading as high as $1,231 earlier in the week, its loftiest since July, according to FactSet data. Marketwatch

Gold Set for Longest Run of Weekly Gains Since January

Gold is heading for a third straight week of gains, the longest stretch since January, amid renewed interest in the precious metal as a safe haven. Volatility in equity markets and tensions in the Middle East have spurred demand for bullion, with holdings in exchange-traded funds backed by the metal expanding to the highest level in more six weeks. Concerns about the economy were further fueled by a JPMorgan Chase model indicating that the chance of the U.S. tipping...

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Inching Toward $1 Billion

Americans have a chance -- a very slight chance -- when the Mega Millions lottery numbers are picked Friday night. The jackpot has been building since the last winning set of numbers was drawn in July and has climbed to an astounding $970 million and could exceed the billion-dollar mark by the time all tickets are sold. Meantime, the jackpot for another lottery called Powerball stands at $430 million for a lucky winner in Saturday™s drawing. The odds of winning either game are about 1 in...

Shanghai Stocks Rally after Supporting Remarks

Shanghai stocks rebounded from early losses to surge more than two percent Friday after top economic officials made rare coordinated statements aimed at shoring up investor confidence in the country's troubled markets. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.58 percent, or 64.05 points, to 2,550.47 but it still finished the week 2.1 percent lower. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also gained 2.58 percent, or 31.80 points, to 1,263.81 but...

European markets close flat as Brussels looks to reduce tensions with Italy

European stocks pared earlier losses on Friday after Europe's economy commissioner said no decision had yet been taken on Italy's controversial budget plan. The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended a shade lower, 0.06 percent down as Friday's closing bell rang. In terms of country performance, the FTSE 100 in the U.K., the Swiss SMI, Spain's IBEX were all higher, while France's CAC 40, Germany's DAX and Italy's FTSE MIB pared losses but finished lower. Auto stocks was the worst-performing sector...

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