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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

U.S. Stocks End Modestly Higher Ahead Of Fed Decision

U.S. stocks finished with modest gains Tuesday, a day ahead of the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that's expected to deliver a rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 31 points, or 0.1%, to end near 27,108, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 gained around 8 points, or 0.3%, to close near 3,006. The Nasdaq Composite finished near 8,186, a gain of around 32 points, or 0.4%. Stocks bounced back from modest losses seen a day earlier when oil prices...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

U.S. Oil Futures Extend Losses to a Second Session

Oil futures fell on Wednesday, after suffering a loss of nearly 6% a day earlier, pressured as Saudi Arabia's output levels looked to recover much sooner than expected and the U.S. government reported a weekly rise in domestic crude inventories, following four consecutive weeks of declines. Prices briefly pared some of the losses in earlier dealings on the back of rising U.S. tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to...

U.S. Economic Growth Slows Less Than Expected in Fourth Quarter
Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:59 WIB | ECONOMY |PDB ASGDP AS

The U.S. economy slowed less than expected in the fourth quarter amid solid consumer and business spending, leaving 2018 growth just shy of the Trump administration's 3 percent annual target.

The Commerce Department's gross domestic product (GDP) report on Thursday offered the latest assessment of the impact of President Donald Trump's economic policies, including deregulation, tax cuts, increased government spending and tariffs aimed at securing more favorable trade deals.

Trump has touted the economy as one of the biggest achievements of his presidency and declared last July that his administration had œaccomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions.

Gross domestic product increased at a 2.6 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter after expanding at a 3.4 percent pace in the July-September period. The economy grew 2.9 percent in 2018, the best performance since 2015 and better than the 2.2 percent logged in 2017.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast GDP rising at a 2.3 percent rate in the fourth quarter. The release of the fourth-quarter GDP report was delayed by a 35-day partial shutdown of the government that ended on Jan. 25, which affected the collection and processing of economic data.

The Commerce Department said while it could not quantify the full effects of the shutdown, it estimated the partial closure had subtracted about one-tenth of a percentage point from fourth-quarter GDP growth through œa reduction in the labor services supplied by federal employees and reduction in intermediate purchases of goods and services by nondefense agencies.

It also said the fourth-quarter GDP growth estimate was œbased on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency.

There are signs the economy slowed further early in the first quarter, with most manufacturing measures weakening in January and February.

The economy is cooling as the boost from the White House™s $1.5 trillion tax cut and increased government spending fades. Growth is also being restrained by a trade war between the United States and China, which economists say is making businesses and households more cautious about spending.

The slowdown comes at time when the economy™s outlook is also being clouded by signs of cooling global demand and uncertainty over Britain™s departure from the European Union.

These factors support the Federal Reserve™s œpatient stance towards raising interest rates further this year. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reaffirmed the U.S. central bank™s position in his testimonies before lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Source : Reuters

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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

U.S. Stocks End Modestly Higher Ahead Of Fed Decision

U.S. stocks finished with modest gains Tuesday, a day ahead of the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that's expected to deliver a rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 31 points, or 0.1%, to end near 27,108, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 gained around 8 points, or 0.3%, to close near 3,006. The Nasdaq Composite finished near 8,186, a gain of around 32 points, or 0.4%. Stocks bounced back from modest losses seen a day earlier when oil prices...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

U.S. Oil Futures Extend Losses to a Second Session

Oil futures fell on Wednesday, after suffering a loss of nearly 6% a day earlier, pressured as Saudi Arabia's output levels looked to recover much sooner than expected and the U.S. government reported a weekly rise in domestic crude inventories, following four consecutive weeks of declines. Prices briefly pared some of the losses in earlier dealings on the back of rising U.S. tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to...

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