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Gold prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold futures settle at a 14-month high

Gold futures climbed Tuesday to settle at their highest in 14 months, as comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi set the stage for lower interest rates, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision Wednesday. "We certainly don't think the Fed will cut [rates], although it is very likely to prepare the markets for a July trim," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. August gold rose $7.80, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,350.70 on Comex-the highest...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

Gold futures retreated on Monday, after a multiday rally as bullion, which has benefited from concerns about international trade clashes and a weakening global economy. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6%, to $1,337, after closing Friday action wit a weekly loss of 0.1% based on the most-active contract prices as of June 7, FactSet data show. Prices on Friday had climbed to as high as $1,362.20, the highest since April 2018. Some commodity strategists say the precious...

Oil extends last week's sharp retreat as demand worries sour sentiment

Crude oil futures prices fell Monday, with investors digesting worrisome demand updates issued last week and keeping tabs on typically price-supportive risks percolating in the Middle East. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell 58 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $51.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following two consecutive session gains. Meanwhile, August Brent crude dropped $1.07, or 1.7%, to $60.94 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe in Monday action....

Asia Stocks Capped Ahead of Fed, Oil on Defensive

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise in January, Stabilizing After a Slump
Monday, 11 March 2019 19:43 WIB | ECONOMY |Ekonomi AS

U.S. retail sales stabilized in January after a plunge the prior month that was larger than first reported, indicating consumers may still be able to help support growth after a dismal end to 2018.

The value of overall sales rose 0.2 percent after a 1.6 percent decrease prior month, Commerce Department figures showed Monday. The median forecast in Bloomberg™s survey called for an unchanged reading.

Sales in the œcontrol group subset, which some analysts view as a cleaner gauge of underlying consumer demand, rose 1.1 percent, topping estimates after a 2.3 percent drop in the prior month. The measure excludes food services, car dealers, building-materials stores and gasoline stations.

The stronger-than-expected report should ease concern about consumer strength after a surprisingly weak December that was likely hurt by the government shutdown and seasonal factors. Months of higher wage gains, tax cuts and a robust labor market have supported spending, the largest part of the economy, and fresh strength bodes well for it to continue buoying growth in the first quarter.

Eight of 13 major retail categories showed improvement. The gains reflected the biggest jump for building materials since late 2017, the best rise for food and beverage stores since early 2016 and the strongest gain for sporting goods and hobby stores since 2013.

The spending tally, while encouraging, still isn™t likely to sway the Federal Reserve officials, who™ve said they™d pause on interest rate decisions for the near term to gauge the impact of multiple headwinds on the U.S. economy. Chairman Jerome Powell said in an interview with the CBS program œ60 Minutes Sunday that the central bank will watch retail sales data for signs consumer spending bounced back.

Other indicators signal a weaker start to 2019, including Friday™s jobs reportshowing February payrolls growth was the weakest in more than a year. Still, consumers are also the most confident about current conditions in 18 years, Conference Board data show.

Filling-station receipts fell 2 percent. The figures aren't adjusted for price changes, so lower sales could reflect lower gasoline costs, sales, or both. Oilprices have rallied this year from a fourth-quarter plunge.

Automobile dealer sales slumped 2.4 percent, the most in five years, after a gain the previous month. Industry data from Ward's Automotive Group previously showed U.S. unit sales fell to a five-month low in January.

Excluding automobiles and gasoline, retail sales rose 1.2 percent, after a 1.6 percent drop the previous month.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold futures settle at a 14-month high

Gold futures climbed Tuesday to settle at their highest in 14 months, as comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi set the stage for lower interest rates, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision Wednesday. "We certainly don't think the Fed will cut [rates], although it is very likely to prepare the markets for a July trim," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. August gold rose $7.80, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,350.70 on Comex-the highest...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

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