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Gold Prices Flat; Traders Looking for Next Catalyst

Gold is flat in early Asian trade. Traders are most likely looking for the next catalyst that will lift gold prices, AxiTrader says. Meanwhile, gold is likely to remain supported by recent weak global economic data and risks related to U.S.-China trade tensions in the near term, it says. Spot gold is flat at $1,490.57/oz. Source : Bloomberg

Asian Share Markets Cautious, Pound Stumbles on Brexit Drama

Asian stocks were steady in a cautious start to the week on Monday, while the British pound fell following a delay to a crucial vote on Britain's divorce from the European Union. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, with Australian shares off down 0.3%. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.13%. The Brexit maelstrom, worries over slowing global growth and international trade frictions have kept investors on edge over recent months. Oil futures fell as lingering economic...

Oil Prices Dip on Weak Demand Outlook, Supply Concerns

Oil prices eased on Monday amid persistent concerns about the global economic outlook and the impact on oil demand, while Russia again missed its target to cut oil output last month. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures fell by 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $59.32 a barrel by 01:08 GMT. U.S. crude oil futures were down by 9 cents, or 0.2%, to $53.69. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other oil producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed in December to...

Hong Kong: Stocks Rise in Opening Trade

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains after China's top negotiator hailed "substantial progress" in pushing through a partial trade deal with the United States. The Hang Seng Index added 0.08 per cent, or 21.84 points, to 26,741.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.14 per cent, or 4.24 points, to 2,933.90 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was marginally higher, gaining 0.63 points to 1,616.09. Source : AFP

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest failure to break the Brexit deadlock, with eyes shifting to Japanese corporate earnings season starting this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.25 percent, or 55.82 points, at 22,548.50 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was rose 0.28 percent, or 4.58 points, to 1,626.57. Source : AFP

U.S. Business-Equipment Orders Advance by Most in Six Months
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 19:51 WIB | ECONOMY |Ekonomi AS

Orders placed with U.S. factories for business equipment rebounded in January by the most in six months, a sign demand is withstanding concerns about slower global growth and the trade war with China. 

Non-military capital goods orders excluding aircraft -- a proxy for business investment -- gained 0.8 percent, after a 0.9 percent decline the prior month, according to Commerce Department figures released Wednesday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.2 percent increase. The broader measure of bookings for all durable goods, or items meant to last at least three years, unexpectedly rose.

The improvement in demand, underscored by orders for machinery and communications equipment, suggests a solid start to the year for manufacturers that should support economic growth in the first quarter. At the same time, other data for February give a more muted picture, with the Institute for Supply Management's factory index falling to a two-year low in February and manufacturers adding the fewest workers since 2017. 

Some figures that are used to calculate gross domestic product also were more encouraging: Shipments of non-military capital goods excluding aircraft rose 0.8 percent after a revised 0.1 percent increase and exceeding the Bloomberg survey median of a 0.2 percent decline. 

Total durable-goods orders, which gained 0.4 percent from December, got a boost from the volatile transportation category, reflecting a 15.9 percent rise in bookings for civilian aircraft and parts. Separate data showed Boeing Co.™s aircraft orders fell in January to less than a quarter of the prior month's total. 

A separate Labor Department report on Wednesday showed the producer price index rose less than forecast in February. The PPI increased 0.1 percent after a 0.1 percent decline in January. That followed data Tuesday showing consumer-price inflation cooled last month, reinforcing the Federal Reserve™s stance of patience on raising interest rates.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Prices Flat; Traders Looking for Next Catalyst

Gold is flat in early Asian trade. Traders are most likely looking for the next catalyst that will lift gold prices, AxiTrader says. Meanwhile, gold is likely to remain supported by recent weak global economic data and risks related to U.S.-China trade tensions in the near term, it says. Spot gold is flat at $1,490.57/oz. Source : Bloomberg

Asian Share Markets Cautious, Pound Stumbles on Brexit Drama

Asian stocks were steady in a cautious start to the week on Monday, while the British pound fell following a delay to a crucial vote on Britain's divorce from the European Union. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, with Australian shares off down 0.3%. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.13%. The Brexit maelstrom, worries over slowing global growth and international trade frictions have kept investors on edge over recent months. Oil futures fell as lingering economic...

Oil Prices Dip on Weak Demand Outlook, Supply Concerns

Oil prices eased on Monday amid persistent concerns about the global economic outlook and the impact on oil demand, while Russia again missed its target to cut oil output last month. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures fell by 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $59.32 a barrel by 01:08 GMT. U.S. crude oil futures were down by 9 cents, or 0.2%, to $53.69. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other oil producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed in December to...

Hong Kong: Stocks Rise in Opening Trade

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains after China's top negotiator hailed "substantial progress" in pushing through a partial trade deal with the United States. The Hang Seng Index added 0.08 per cent, or 21.84 points, to 26,741.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.14 per cent, or 4.24 points, to 2,933.90 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was marginally higher, gaining 0.63 points to 1,616.09. Source : AFP

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest failure to break the Brexit deadlock, with eyes shifting to Japanese corporate earnings season starting this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.25 percent, or 55.82 points, at 22,548.50 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was rose 0.28 percent, or 4.58 points, to 1,626.57. Source : AFP

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