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Gold prices end higher for first time in 3 sessions

Gold rose on Tuesday, with prices finding support after posting two consecutive sessions of losses. Traders eyed the potential for a U.S.-China trade deal and awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which ends Wednesday. February gold lost $3.20, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,468.10 an ounce. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices settle higher, head lower after Fed decision

Gold futures settled higher on Wednesday, then inched lower in electronic trading after the Federal Reserve held a key U.S. interest rate steady at a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, as expected. Following the Fed news, which came after gold futures settled, February gold was at $1,473.10 an ounce in electronic trading. It had ended the session up $6.90, or 0.5%, at $1,475 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Oil rises but US-China trade war weighs on demand outlook

Oil prices inched up on Tuesday as OPEC™s deal with associated producers last week to deepen output cuts in 2020 continued to provide a floor for prices, but U.S.-China trade tensions clouded the demand outlook. Brent crude was up 7 cents to $64.32 a barrel, and West Texas Intermediate oil settled up 22 cents at $59.24 a barrel. The benchmarks fell 0.2% and 0.3% respectively on Monday. Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and associated producers like Russia...

Gold Extends Post-Payrolls Recovery on Trade Fears

Gold prices rose again on Tuesday as fears spread that the U.S. and China won™t sign an interim trade deal before the next round of U.S. import tariffs kicks in on Sunday. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who already said last week that it would be better to postpone a trade deal with China until after next year™s election, told Fox Business News that it was more important to get a good deal than to get a quick one. Markets have taken the near-complete silence from Beijing and Washington...

Sterling Drops as Poll Shows Conservative Lead Slipping Ahead of U.K. Election

The pound came under pressure early Wednesday after a fresh YouGov poll predicted a slimmer-than-expected lead for Prime Minister Boris Johnson™s Conservative Party in a General Election that™s now less than 24 hours away. Sterling slipped 0.3% to $1.3124 from a level of $1.3155 seen late Tuesday in North American trading. The FTSE 100 was up 0.4% in early action, benefiting from a weaker pound as many multinational companies listed on the index earn the bulk of their revenue outside the...

U.S. Employers Added 164,000 Jobs in July as Wages Picked Up
Friday, 2 August 2019 20:32 WIB | ECONOMY |Ekonomi ASU.S.Unemployment

U.S. employers kept adding workers at a healthy pace in July and wage gains picked up, underlining a solid labor market ahead of this week's Federal Reserve interest-rate cut and President Donald Trump's threat to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese goods.

Payrolls rose 164,000, almost matching projections, though the two prior months were revised lower, according to a Labor Department report Friday. The jobless rate held at 3.7%, near a half-century low, while average hourly earnings climbed 3.2% from a year earlier, better than forecast.

Despite July's healthy payrolls figure, the three-month average increase of 140,000 was the slowest in almost two years. That trend is in line with forecasts for a gradual slowing of job gains as the labor market tightens, but it could also be seen as a sign that the economy is losing steam.

Investors boosted bets on additional reductions after Trump's latest trade salvo on Thursday. The Federal Reserve had signaled a day earlier that its quarter-point interest-rate cut would likely start only a short round of monetary easing, though Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the central bank was watching trade developments closely.

Revisions subtracted 41,000 jobs from the prior two months. The June figure was lowered from 224,000 to a less-eye-popping 193,000.

The job gains were led by service providers, particularly in education and health services, as well as professional and business services. Retail payrolls fell for a six month, while manufacturing added the most in six months. Construction gains were relatively weak, at 4,000.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3% from the prior month, above estimates, following an upwardly revised 0.3% gain. That indicates wages are gaining momentum as employers encounter greater difficulty finding workers, and also bodes well for resilient consumer spending in the face of tariffs.

The participation rate, or share of working-age people in the labor force, increased to 63% as the count of both employed and unemployed Americans increased in the household survey.

At the same time, the average workweek got shorter, boosting average hourly pay. The average for all private employees decreased to 34.3 hours, from 34.4 hours, as manufacturing hours touched their lowest point since November 2011.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold prices end higher for first time in 3 sessions

Gold rose on Tuesday, with prices finding support after posting two consecutive sessions of losses. Traders eyed the potential for a U.S.-China trade deal and awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which ends Wednesday. February gold lost $3.20, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,468.10 an ounce. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices settle higher, head lower after Fed decision

Gold futures settled higher on Wednesday, then inched lower in electronic trading after the Federal Reserve held a key U.S. interest rate steady at a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, as expected. Following the Fed news, which came after gold futures settled, February gold was at $1,473.10 an ounce in electronic trading. It had ended the session up $6.90, or 0.5%, at $1,475 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Oil rises but US-China trade war weighs on demand outlook

Oil prices inched up on Tuesday as OPEC™s deal with associated producers last week to deepen output cuts in 2020 continued to provide a floor for prices, but U.S.-China trade tensions clouded the demand outlook. Brent crude was up 7 cents to $64.32 a barrel, and West Texas Intermediate oil settled up 22 cents at $59.24 a barrel. The benchmarks fell 0.2% and 0.3% respectively on Monday. Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and associated producers like Russia...

Gold Extends Post-Payrolls Recovery on Trade Fears

Gold prices rose again on Tuesday as fears spread that the U.S. and China won™t sign an interim trade deal before the next round of U.S. import tariffs kicks in on Sunday. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who already said last week that it would be better to postpone a trade deal with China until after next year™s election, told Fox Business News that it was more important to get a good deal than to get a quick one. Markets have taken the near-complete silence from Beijing and Washington...

Sterling Drops as Poll Shows Conservative Lead Slipping Ahead of U.K. Election

The pound came under pressure early Wednesday after a fresh YouGov poll predicted a slimmer-than-expected lead for Prime Minister Boris Johnson™s Conservative Party in a General Election that™s now less than 24 hours away. Sterling slipped 0.3% to $1.3124 from a level of $1.3155 seen late Tuesday in North American trading. The FTSE 100 was up 0.4% in early action, benefiting from a weaker pound as many multinational companies listed on the index earn the bulk of their revenue outside the...

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