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Gold Futures Score First Weekly Gain in a Month

Gold futures climbed Friday to tally a gain for the week, the first in four weeks, as geopolitical tensions remained high, boosting haven demand for the precious metal. President Donald Trump announced further sanctions on Iran. "The confrontation with Iran [is] still very real," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "So you have safe-haven interest perking up into the weekend." Trump also said Friday that he didn™t need a trade deal with China before the 2020...

Gold ticks higher, set to snap streak of weekly declines

Gold prices inched higher Friday but gains were capped by a rise in bonds yields and stocks. However, bullion's trade over the past five sessions puts it on pace to break out of a weekly skid of three consecutive weekly losses. Gold for December delivery on Comex was up 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, at $1,507 an ounce, after retreating 0.6% on Thursday. For the week, the yellow metal is on track for a 0.5% gain based on last Friday's closing price, which would halt three consecutive weekly...

U.S. Oil Prices Up 6% For The Week, Biggest Weekly Gain in 3 Months

Oil futures ended lower on Friday, but tallied a gain of almost 6% for the week, the largest such rise in three months. As the Saudis reveal the extent of damages from the attacks on oil facilities last weekend, "the market mood has shifted to questioning how quickly production can be restored," Manish Raj, chief financial officer at exploration and production firm Velandera Energy Partners, told MarketWatch. "We are familiar with the repair and maintenance processes in oilfield services, and...

Gold Prices Rise, Recover from Losses After Fed's Decisions

Gold prices rose on Friday in Asia, recovering from losses suffered in the previous session following the conclusion of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting. Gold Futures for December delivery traded 0.4% higher at 1,512.25 per ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange by 12:42 AM ET (04:42 GMT). The Fed cut rates for the second time this year Wednesday, again by a quarter point. The federal funds rate is now 1.75% to 2%. The U.S. dollar, which usually...

Dollar gives up post Fed gains, sterling hits two-month high

The dollar drifted lower on Friday after central banks in Switzerland and the UK refrained from following the Federal Reserve in cutting rates, and risk appetites ebbed on caution about U.S-China trade talks. Sterling hit a two-month high of $1.2566 against the greenback, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he thought Brussels could reach a deal with Britain to leave the European Union. The Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan all left their...

Building Approvals Fell by 15.5% in March
Friday, 3 May 2019 09:50 WIB | ECONOMY |AUD,

Approvals for the construction of new homes hit a wall in March as units and townhouses drove a seasonally adjusted 15.5 per cent decline in overall activity.

Approvals for private sector houses fell 3.2 per cent, while the "other dwellings" category, which includes apartment blocks and townhouses, plunged 30.6 per cent.

Building and construction economist for BIS Oxford Economics Tim Hibbert said the trend would likely continue throughout 2019.

"Negative leads (are) still coming through from property prices, turnover rates, housing finance and land sales," Mr Hibbert said.

Friday's figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are a significant turnaround from February, when overall building activity increased by 19.1 per cent.

Analysts were anticipating a seasonally-adjusted 15 per cent drop in activity for March.

ABS director of construction statistics Justin Lokhorst said the overall monthly decline was driven by falls in NSW (27.4 per cent) and Victoria (27.0 per cent).

Over the 12 months to March, total building approvals for dwellings fell by a seasonally adjusted 27.3 per cent.

The Australian dollar edged slightly lower to 69.89 US cents immediately after the data's 1130 AEST release and was 69.91 US cents at 1152 AEST.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Futures Score First Weekly Gain in a Month

Gold futures climbed Friday to tally a gain for the week, the first in four weeks, as geopolitical tensions remained high, boosting haven demand for the precious metal. President Donald Trump announced further sanctions on Iran. "The confrontation with Iran [is] still very real," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "So you have safe-haven interest perking up into the weekend." Trump also said Friday that he didn™t need a trade deal with China before the 2020...

Gold ticks higher, set to snap streak of weekly declines

Gold prices inched higher Friday but gains were capped by a rise in bonds yields and stocks. However, bullion's trade over the past five sessions puts it on pace to break out of a weekly skid of three consecutive weekly losses. Gold for December delivery on Comex was up 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, at $1,507 an ounce, after retreating 0.6% on Thursday. For the week, the yellow metal is on track for a 0.5% gain based on last Friday's closing price, which would halt three consecutive weekly...

U.S. Oil Prices Up 6% For The Week, Biggest Weekly Gain in 3 Months

Oil futures ended lower on Friday, but tallied a gain of almost 6% for the week, the largest such rise in three months. As the Saudis reveal the extent of damages from the attacks on oil facilities last weekend, "the market mood has shifted to questioning how quickly production can be restored," Manish Raj, chief financial officer at exploration and production firm Velandera Energy Partners, told MarketWatch. "We are familiar with the repair and maintenance processes in oilfield services, and...

Gold Prices Rise, Recover from Losses After Fed's Decisions

Gold prices rose on Friday in Asia, recovering from losses suffered in the previous session following the conclusion of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting. Gold Futures for December delivery traded 0.4% higher at 1,512.25 per ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange by 12:42 AM ET (04:42 GMT). The Fed cut rates for the second time this year Wednesday, again by a quarter point. The federal funds rate is now 1.75% to 2%. The U.S. dollar, which usually...

Dollar gives up post Fed gains, sterling hits two-month high

The dollar drifted lower on Friday after central banks in Switzerland and the UK refrained from following the Federal Reserve in cutting rates, and risk appetites ebbed on caution about U.S-China trade talks. Sterling hit a two-month high of $1.2566 against the greenback, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he thought Brussels could reach a deal with Britain to leave the European Union. The Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan all left their...

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