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Gold Down Over Escalating U.S.-China Tensions

Gold was down in Asia on Monday morning, with escalating U.S.-China tensions continuing to impact demand for even the safe-haven asset. Gold futures slid by 0.47% at $1,727.40 by 12:26 AM ET (5:26 AM GMT), with the yellow metal unable to hold onto its gains from the previous session. Stocks, which usually move in the opposite direction to gold, were mixed with Greater Chinese stocks suffering losses on Monday. Investors risk sentiment was down on Friday after China formally tabled national...

Oil Dips as U.S.-China Tensions Add to Nerves on Global Economy

Oil edged lower as an escalating war of words between the U.S. and China added to caution over the prospects for a global recovery in demand. Futures in New York lost 0.4% in Asian trading after falling 2% on Friday. China warned that some in the U.S. were pushing the countries toward a new Cold War, stoking concerns that deteriorating relations between the superpowers could complicate the market™s recovery from a historic demand crash. Beijing last week abandoned its decades-long practice...

Gold down as potential Japanese stimulus boosts risk appetite

Gold declined on Monday as Japanese equities rose on news of a potential stimulus programme that boosted investors' risk appetite, though fresh tensions over Hong Kong limited the metal's fall. Spot gold fell 0.4% to $1,728.06 per ounce by 02:52 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.4% at 1,728.50. Gold on Friday rose as much as 0.8% to touch $1,739.51, before paring gains. Japan is considering fresh stimulus worth over $929 billion, which mostly consists of financial aid programmes for...

Gold Falls as Potential Japan Stimulus Boosts Risk Appetite

Gold declined on Monday as Japanese equities rose on news of a potential stimulus program that boosted investors™ risk appetite, though fresh tensions over Hong Kong limited the metal™s fall. Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,726.18 per ounce by 0512 GMT. U.S. gold futures were fell 0.5% to $1,726.60. Gold on Friday rose as much as 0.8% to touch $1,739.51, before paring gains. Japan is considering fresh stimulus worth over $929 billion, which mostly consists of financial aid programs for...

Tokyo stocks open higher on virus hopes

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday on expectations the state of emergency will be lifted for the whole nation including economic powerhouse Tokyo. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 1.37 percent or 279.75 points at 20,667.91 in early trade, while the broader Topix index advanced 1.16 percent or 17.20 points to 1,495.00. Source:  AFP

Virus Walloped U.S. Economy in March, IHS Markit Gauge Shows
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 21:38 WIB | ECONOMY | Indeks manufaktur ASManufaktur AS

The global health crisis dealt a swift, painful blow to the U.S. economy in March, with a gauge of activity at service providers and manufacturing contracting the most on record.

The IHS Markit composite index of purchasing managers tumbled 9.1 points to 40.5, marking the steepest drop in data back to October 2009, the group reported Tuesday. The plunge mirrors the rapid deceleration in other nations as the coronavirus tightens its grip on the global economy and financial markets.

"The survey underscores how the U.S. is likely already in a recession that will inevitably deepen further," Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, said in a statement. "The March PMI is roughly indicative of GDP falling at an annualized rate approaching 5%, but the increasing number of virus-fighting lockdowns and closures mean the second quarter will likely see a far steeper rate of decline."

The IHS Markit gauge of services slid 10.3 points to 39.1 in March. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a decline to 42.

With services comprising almost 90% of the U.S. economy, the slump in the index highlights the extent of the hit to the nation™s output as retailers, restaurants and other service providers shut down in an effort to contain the outbreak. Similar measures for Japan, Germany, the U.K., France and Australia were also at all-time lows.

The economic stoppage and social distancing is also starting to put U.S. manufacturing on its heels and threatens to become an even bigger drag in coming months.

While registering a smaller setback than the services gauge, the IHS Markit index of U.S. manufacturing dropped in March to 49.2, the weakest since August 2009. Readings below 50 indicate contraction. Factory orders shrank at the fastest pace since then as well.

As businesses close their doors and the economy grinds to a halt, millions of Americans are being dismissed and filing for unemployment insurance. The IHS Markit employment gauges for both services and manufacturing contracted in March.

œJobs are already being slashed at a pace not witnessed since the global financial crisis in 2009 as firms either close or reduce capacity amid widespread cost-cutting, Williamson said.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Down Over Escalating U.S.-China Tensions

Gold was down in Asia on Monday morning, with escalating U.S.-China tensions continuing to impact demand for even the safe-haven asset. Gold futures slid by 0.47% at $1,727.40 by 12:26 AM ET (5:26 AM GMT), with the yellow metal unable to hold onto its gains from the previous session. Stocks, which usually move in the opposite direction to gold, were mixed with Greater Chinese stocks suffering losses on Monday. Investors risk sentiment was down on Friday after China formally tabled national...

Oil Dips as U.S.-China Tensions Add to Nerves on Global Economy

Oil edged lower as an escalating war of words between the U.S. and China added to caution over the prospects for a global recovery in demand. Futures in New York lost 0.4% in Asian trading after falling 2% on Friday. China warned that some in the U.S. were pushing the countries toward a new Cold War, stoking concerns that deteriorating relations between the superpowers could complicate the market™s recovery from a historic demand crash. Beijing last week abandoned its decades-long practice...

Gold down as potential Japanese stimulus boosts risk appetite

Gold declined on Monday as Japanese equities rose on news of a potential stimulus programme that boosted investors' risk appetite, though fresh tensions over Hong Kong limited the metal's fall. Spot gold fell 0.4% to $1,728.06 per ounce by 02:52 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.4% at 1,728.50. Gold on Friday rose as much as 0.8% to touch $1,739.51, before paring gains. Japan is considering fresh stimulus worth over $929 billion, which mostly consists of financial aid programmes for...

Gold Falls as Potential Japan Stimulus Boosts Risk Appetite

Gold declined on Monday as Japanese equities rose on news of a potential stimulus program that boosted investors™ risk appetite, though fresh tensions over Hong Kong limited the metal™s fall. Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,726.18 per ounce by 0512 GMT. U.S. gold futures were fell 0.5% to $1,726.60. Gold on Friday rose as much as 0.8% to touch $1,739.51, before paring gains. Japan is considering fresh stimulus worth over $929 billion, which mostly consists of financial aid programs for...

Tokyo stocks open higher on virus hopes

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday on expectations the state of emergency will be lifted for the whole nation including economic powerhouse Tokyo. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 1.37 percent or 279.75 points at 20,667.91 in early trade, while the broader Topix index advanced 1.16 percent or 17.20 points to 1,495.00. Source:  AFP

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