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Gold Hits 3-Week High, on Course to Reclaiming $1,600 Perch

The fear factor across markets is like manna from heaven for gold bugs. Both bullion and futures of the yellow metal breached the key $1,580 per ounce resistance on Monday before consolidating gains, although analysts said the $1,600 target seemed well within the market™s reach. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled up $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,577.40 per ounce. It earlier reached $1,588.10, a peak since Jan. 8. Spot gold, which tracks live trades in bullion, was up...

Gold Snaps 4-Day Rise as Markets Take Breather From Virus

Gold snapped a four-day rally on Tuesday as investors returned to give life to stocks and other risk assets crushed in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. But the yellow metal™s retreat was, nevertheless, modest as markets awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve™s monthly policy meeting and what that could mean for U.S. rates. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled down $7.60, or 0.5%, at $1,569.80 per ounce. It reached a three-week high of $1,588.10 on...

Gold showcases haven credentials as Equities sink on Virus Fears

Gold is once again showcasing its long-standing reputation as an effective haven in troubled times, trading near the highest close in more than six years amid rising concern over the economic and human impact of China's deadly coronavirus. Prices steadied after surging Monday as investors weighed the fallout from the spread of the disease, with Germany reportedly seeing its first case. The virus has killed at least 80, and infected more than 2,700. China's markets...

Dollar Advance Kept in Check by Yen Amid Safe-Haven Rush

The dollar remained on the back foot Monday, pressured by a surprise fall in new home sales data and a bid in the yen and Swiss franc as worries intensified over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.12% to 97.97. The Commerce Department said new home sales fell fell 0.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000 units in December, confounding expectations for a 1.5%...

Oil Prices Log Lowest Finish in Over 3 Months as Coronavirus Stokes Fears of Weak Demand

Oil prices fell for a fifth session in a row on Monday, settling at their lowest in more than three months, as the growing death toll and spread of China's deadly influenza over the weekend incited fresh fears that the illness could hurt global energy demand. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery declined by $1.05, or 1.9%, to settle at $53.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices for the front-month contract, which fell 7.5% last week, settled Monday at their lowest...

French Business Activity Firmer Than Expected in October: PMI
Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:41 WIB | ECONOMY |PMI FranceZona Euro,PMI PerancisFrance

French business activity picked up more than expected in October, boosted mainly by a firmer service sector but also by resilient manufacturing, a monthly survey showed on Thursday.

Data compiler IHS Markit said its preliminary composite purchasing managers index rose to 52.6 points from 50.8 last month, topping economists' average estimate for 51.0.

The unexpectedly strong improvement brought the index further away from the key 50-point threshold, demarcating an expansion from a contraction in business.

The improvement was driven by the dominant service sector where the index rose to 52.9 from 51.1, easily beating expectations for 51.6.

Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector, which is more exposed to the fortunes of international trade, improved unexpectedly, rising to 50.5 from 50.1 and defying economists' expectations for a retreat to 50.3.

The service sector saw a pick up in new business, in a sign of firm demand in the domestic French economy, which has so far held up well despite the global slowdown in the face of international trade tensions.

"The data are consistent with the continuation of solid gains in both official economic output and employment heading into the end of the year," IHS Markit economist Eliot Kerr said.

The euro zone's second-biggest economy has managed to maintain a largely steady growth rate so far this year thanks to an improving labor market and government measures like tax breaks to boost households' income after a series of violent protests.

However, the upbeat PMI data contrasted with a separate survey from the INSEE official statistics agency, which found on Wednesday that industry morale fell to its lowest level this month since March 2015.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Hits 3-Week High, on Course to Reclaiming $1,600 Perch

The fear factor across markets is like manna from heaven for gold bugs. Both bullion and futures of the yellow metal breached the key $1,580 per ounce resistance on Monday before consolidating gains, although analysts said the $1,600 target seemed well within the market™s reach. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled up $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,577.40 per ounce. It earlier reached $1,588.10, a peak since Jan. 8. Spot gold, which tracks live trades in bullion, was up...

Gold Snaps 4-Day Rise as Markets Take Breather From Virus

Gold snapped a four-day rally on Tuesday as investors returned to give life to stocks and other risk assets crushed in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. But the yellow metal™s retreat was, nevertheless, modest as markets awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve™s monthly policy meeting and what that could mean for U.S. rates. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled down $7.60, or 0.5%, at $1,569.80 per ounce. It reached a three-week high of $1,588.10 on...

Gold showcases haven credentials as Equities sink on Virus Fears

Gold is once again showcasing its long-standing reputation as an effective haven in troubled times, trading near the highest close in more than six years amid rising concern over the economic and human impact of China's deadly coronavirus. Prices steadied after surging Monday as investors weighed the fallout from the spread of the disease, with Germany reportedly seeing its first case. The virus has killed at least 80, and infected more than 2,700. China's markets...

Dollar Advance Kept in Check by Yen Amid Safe-Haven Rush

The dollar remained on the back foot Monday, pressured by a surprise fall in new home sales data and a bid in the yen and Swiss franc as worries intensified over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.12% to 97.97. The Commerce Department said new home sales fell fell 0.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000 units in December, confounding expectations for a 1.5%...

Oil Prices Log Lowest Finish in Over 3 Months as Coronavirus Stokes Fears of Weak Demand

Oil prices fell for a fifth session in a row on Monday, settling at their lowest in more than three months, as the growing death toll and spread of China's deadly influenza over the weekend incited fresh fears that the illness could hurt global energy demand. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery declined by $1.05, or 1.9%, to settle at $53.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices for the front-month contract, which fell 7.5% last week, settled Monday at their lowest...

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