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Gold Prices Settle at a More Than 6-Year High

Gold futures climbed Wednesday to settle at their highest since May 2013, finding support from weakness in the dollar and expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut key interest rates later this month. "The dollar has eased back a little...allowing buck-denominated gold and silver to break further higher," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. "As well as a weaker dollar, these precious metals have found support from safe haven flows amid weakness on Wall Street, where...

Gold notches back-to-back gains to hit another 6-year peak

Gold futures fell on Thursday after the precious commodity notched a fresh six-year high Wednesday, prompted by a cocktail of lower debt yields, a pause in dollar strength and bullish comments from a prominent hedge-fund investor. August gold trading on Comex tacked on $4.80, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,428.10 an ounce, after climbing by 0.9% on Wednesday. The latest settlement was the highest for a most-active contract since May 13, 2013, FactSet data show. September silver added 22.7 cents,...

Dollar Held Back by Lower U.S. Yields, Rebound in Pound

The dollar nursed light losses on Thursday, weighed down by lower U.S. yields and a rebound in the pound from 27-month lows. The dollar index versus a basket of six major currencies was flat at 97.200 after shedding 0.2% the previous day. The index had climbed to a one-week peak of 97.444 the previous day on stronger-than-expected U.S. retail sales and a slump in sterling. But it nudged lower as Treasury yields fell in the wake of weak U.S. housing market data and concerns about the...

Oil Prices End Lower as U.S. Crude Supplies Fall Less Than Expected And Product Stocks Climb

Oil futures ended with a loss on Wednesday, with U.S. prices at their lowest in about two weeks, as U.S. crude supplies posted a smaller-than-expected weekly decline and stockpiles of gasoline and distillates saw sizable gains. August West Texas Intermediate oil lost 84 cents, or 1.5%, to settle at $56.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest front-month contract finish since July 2, according to FactSet data. Source : Marketwatch

Gold edges lower, takes a breather after touching fresh 6-year peak

Gold futures were trading little changed on Thursday after the precious commodity notched a fresh six-year high Wednesday, prompted by a cocktail of lower debt yields, a pause in dollar strength and bullish comments from a prominent hedge-fund investor. August gold trading on Comex edged $1.20, or 0.1%, at $1,422 an ounce, after it jumped $12.10, or 0.9%, on Wednesday, notching its highest finish for a most active contract since May 14, 2013, FactSet data show. Prices took a leg slightly...

Strong U.K. Wage Growth Continues Amid Tight Labor Market
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:53 WIB | ECONOMY |

British workers are enjoying a resurgence of bargaining power as labor shortages leave employers struggling to fill jobs.

Basic pay rose an annual 3.3% in the first quarter, close to the fastest pace since 2008, Office for National Statistics figures published Tuesday show. Pay including bonuses rose 3.2%. Wage growth was less than 3% a year ago.

The increase came as the number of people in work rose by 99,000, taking the jobless rate to a 44-year low of 3.8%. The employment rate stayed at a record high of 76.1%.

A buoyant labor market helps to explain the resilience of consumer spending, which along with Brexit stockpiling drove the economy last quarter. Wage growth is now easily outpacing inflation, which averaged less than 2% between January and March.

Companies are failing to increase productivity at the same pace, however, with figures Tuesday showing that output per hour was 0.2 percent lower than a year earlier. The result is that unit labor costs, a measure of domestically generated inflation watched by Bank of England rate setters, are accelerating.

There was some good news for firms facing labor shortages as the number of EU nationals working in the U.K. rose to a record-high of 2.38 million, up 98,000 from a year earlier. The rise was primarily driven by Bulgarians and Romanians, with little increase among citizens of older EU countries and those that joined in 2004.

Employment has been fuelled by a sharp fall in economic inactivity. The growth has been driven by full-time work, and was especially strong among women and the over-50s. While the increase last quarter marked a slowdown from the stellar gains seen around the turn of the year, it may have been partly due to a lack of suitable candidates.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Prices Settle at a More Than 6-Year High

Gold futures climbed Wednesday to settle at their highest since May 2013, finding support from weakness in the dollar and expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut key interest rates later this month. "The dollar has eased back a little...allowing buck-denominated gold and silver to break further higher," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. "As well as a weaker dollar, these precious metals have found support from safe haven flows amid weakness on Wall Street, where...

Gold notches back-to-back gains to hit another 6-year peak

Gold futures fell on Thursday after the precious commodity notched a fresh six-year high Wednesday, prompted by a cocktail of lower debt yields, a pause in dollar strength and bullish comments from a prominent hedge-fund investor. August gold trading on Comex tacked on $4.80, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,428.10 an ounce, after climbing by 0.9% on Wednesday. The latest settlement was the highest for a most-active contract since May 13, 2013, FactSet data show. September silver added 22.7 cents,...

Dollar Held Back by Lower U.S. Yields, Rebound in Pound

The dollar nursed light losses on Thursday, weighed down by lower U.S. yields and a rebound in the pound from 27-month lows. The dollar index versus a basket of six major currencies was flat at 97.200 after shedding 0.2% the previous day. The index had climbed to a one-week peak of 97.444 the previous day on stronger-than-expected U.S. retail sales and a slump in sterling. But it nudged lower as Treasury yields fell in the wake of weak U.S. housing market data and concerns about the...

Oil Prices End Lower as U.S. Crude Supplies Fall Less Than Expected And Product Stocks Climb

Oil futures ended with a loss on Wednesday, with U.S. prices at their lowest in about two weeks, as U.S. crude supplies posted a smaller-than-expected weekly decline and stockpiles of gasoline and distillates saw sizable gains. August West Texas Intermediate oil lost 84 cents, or 1.5%, to settle at $56.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest front-month contract finish since July 2, according to FactSet data. Source : Marketwatch

Gold edges lower, takes a breather after touching fresh 6-year peak

Gold futures were trading little changed on Thursday after the precious commodity notched a fresh six-year high Wednesday, prompted by a cocktail of lower debt yields, a pause in dollar strength and bullish comments from a prominent hedge-fund investor. August gold trading on Comex edged $1.20, or 0.1%, at $1,422 an ounce, after it jumped $12.10, or 0.9%, on Wednesday, notching its highest finish for a most active contract since May 14, 2013, FactSet data show. Prices took a leg slightly...

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