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Gold ends lower as stock-market rebound dulls haven shine

Gold futures lost ground Monday, ending lower as renewed optimism on the trade front and talk of stimulus by global policy makers dulls investor appetite for havens. Gold for December delivery fell $12, or 0.8%, to end at $1,511.60 an ounce, while September silver declined 18.2 cents, or 1.1%, to end at $16.94 an ounce. Gold saw its second daily decline after ending Thursday at the latest in a string of more-than six-year highs. In other metals trade, October platinum rose $5.30, or 0.6%, to...

Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments

Gold declined for a second day as investors favored riskier assets and weighed President Donald Trump™s comments on trade talks with China. Stocks in Asia gained along with U.S. futures Monday, while Treasury yieldscontinued to recover from multi-year lows reached last week, when an inversion in the yield curve sparked recession worries. Trump said the U.S. is œdoing very well with China, and talking! but suggested he wasn™t ready to sign a trade deal, hours...

Dollar Near Three-Week High as Thaw In Risk Aversion Lifts Yields

The dollar held near a three-week high on Tuesday, as expectations global economies would unleash fresh stimulus and an improvement in appetite for riskier assets lifted yields on U.S. government bonds. Yields on benchmark U.S. Treasuries pulled away from three-year lows as investors tip-toed back into riskier assets, lured by hopes for stimulus in major economies such as Germany and China, which eased more recent global recession fears. Investor focus on Tuesday will shift to the first...

Oil Holds Gains After Drone Attack Fails to Disrupt Saudi Output

Crude held gains after a drone attack on oil and gas facilities in Saudi Arabia underscored geopolitical risk in the Middle East and as investors assess signs of progress in trade negotiations with China. Futures on Monday were little changed after climbing 0.7% on Friday. Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said oil operations weren™t interrupted after a small fire was extinguished at a natural gas liquids plant at the at the Shaybah field. President Donald Trump said in a...

Hong Kong stocks end with big gains (Review)

Hong Kong shares jumped more than two percent Monday following a healthy lead from Wall Street with investors cheered by positive comments on trade talks by Donald Trump's top trade adviser. The Hang Seng Index climbed 2.17 percent or 557.62 points to end at 26,291.84. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.10 percent, or 59.28 points, to 2,883.10 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rallied 3.05 percent, or 46.49 points, to...

U.K. Retail Sales Surge as Consumers Defy Brexit Turmoil
Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:55 WIB | ECONOMY |Retail SalesUK Retail Sales

U.K. retail sales unexpectedly increased for a third consecutive month in March, underlying the resilience of consumers in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

The volume of goods sold in stores and online jumped 1.1 percent from February, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. Sales excluding auto fuel increased 1.2 percent. Both measures had been expected to show a decline.

It means retailers made a positive contribution to the economy in the first quarter, with sales rising a respectable 1.6 percent from the final three months of 2018. That added 0.09 percentage point to growth, according to the ONS.

Record employment and rising real incomes are helping to underpin consumer spending, the largest part of the economy. In contrast, businesses are cutting spending, fearing an economic slowdown could turn into a slump if the U.K. ends up leaving the European Union without a deal to cushion the blow.

Retail sales excluding fuel last saw a longer run of gains in early 2016. But the annual pace of growth was inflated by poor figures in March 2018, when Britain was hit by snow and freezing temperatures. Overall sales leaped 6.7 percent from a year earlier in March, the fastest pace since October 2016, and were up an annual 5 percent in the first quarter.

Statisticians said warmer weather last month encouraged spending, with food sales also recovering after a weak February. Clothing and household goods posted strong gains, only partly offset by weaker sales at department stores.

Non-store retailing, predominantly online operators, saw sales jump by 4.2 percent on the month and by a massive 23 percent on the year. Food sales rose 1.1 percent from February.

The retail sales survey was carried out between Feb. 24 and March 30.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold ends lower as stock-market rebound dulls haven shine

Gold futures lost ground Monday, ending lower as renewed optimism on the trade front and talk of stimulus by global policy makers dulls investor appetite for havens. Gold for December delivery fell $12, or 0.8%, to end at $1,511.60 an ounce, while September silver declined 18.2 cents, or 1.1%, to end at $16.94 an ounce. Gold saw its second daily decline after ending Thursday at the latest in a string of more-than six-year highs. In other metals trade, October platinum rose $5.30, or 0.6%, to...

Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments

Gold declined for a second day as investors favored riskier assets and weighed President Donald Trump™s comments on trade talks with China. Stocks in Asia gained along with U.S. futures Monday, while Treasury yieldscontinued to recover from multi-year lows reached last week, when an inversion in the yield curve sparked recession worries. Trump said the U.S. is œdoing very well with China, and talking! but suggested he wasn™t ready to sign a trade deal, hours...

Dollar Near Three-Week High as Thaw In Risk Aversion Lifts Yields

The dollar held near a three-week high on Tuesday, as expectations global economies would unleash fresh stimulus and an improvement in appetite for riskier assets lifted yields on U.S. government bonds. Yields on benchmark U.S. Treasuries pulled away from three-year lows as investors tip-toed back into riskier assets, lured by hopes for stimulus in major economies such as Germany and China, which eased more recent global recession fears. Investor focus on Tuesday will shift to the first...

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