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Gold futures pull back from a fresh 9-year peak, but hold above $1,800 an ounce

Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September 2011, but the haven metal held ground above $1,800 an ounce after data showed weekly U.S. jobless claims remained well above one million. August gold fell $16.80, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,803.80 an ounce, a day after the most-active contract rose 0.6% to settle at $1,820.60, the highest since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Prices on Thursday touched a low of...

Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar rises from four-week low as US stocks retreat

The dollar rallied from a four-week low in choppy trading on Thursday, enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal, as U.S. stocks fell with market sentiment turning cautious as the United States hit another record high on new coronavirus cases. The euro, meanwhile, fell from a one-month high versus the dollar, while commodity currencies, which tend to rise when there's higher risk appetite also slid against the greenback. Some analysts said dollar sentiment turned higher after the U.S....

Hong Kong Stocks Close On Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished with more gains on Thursday, in line with advances across Asia following another record-breaking lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.98 points, to 26,210.16. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.39 percent, or 47.15 points, to 3,450.59 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 2.70 percent, or 59.33 points, to 2257.95. Source : AFP

Oil falls, with U.S. benchmark settling back under $40 as coronavirus concerns swirl

Oil futures fell on Thursday, with U.S. benchmark prices settling back below $40 a barrel, as commodity traders contended with rising cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and some other countries that may threaten to unsettle demand for crude. August West Texas Intermediate crude fell by $1.28, or 3.1%, to settle at $39.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after climbing 0.7% on Wednesday. Prices finished Thursday at the lowest since for a front-month contract June 30, according to...

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Leap to Record 6.65 Million
Thursday, 2 April 2020 19:52 WIB | ECONOMY |Jobless ClaimEkonomi ASKlaim pengangguran AS

The number of Americans applying for initial unemployment benefits surged to a new record 6.65 million last week, the U.S. Labor Department said on Thursday, as the full impact of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on the labor market became apparent.

The increase dwarfed the prior week™s figure of 3.28 million and eclipsed the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982.

The number of people already receiving benefits increased to 3.029 million, the report said.

Ahead of the report, Goldman Sachs had revised up its estimate for jobless claims to 6 million, adding it expected claims to remain very elevated in the coming weeks.

The numbers come ahead of the Labor Department's nonfarm payrolls report for March on Friday. Due to the timing of the survey period for the government report it likely preceded the worst of the impact on the labor market.

Economists still expect the figures to show a loss of 100,000 jobs.

A report from payroll processor ADP on Wednesday showed that the U.S. private sector shed 27,000 jobs in March, but took March 12 as its cut-off date, before the worst of the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. labor market was seen. It was still the first decline in private sector hiring since September 2017.

Source : Investing.com

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Gold futures pull back from a fresh 9-year peak, but hold above $1,800 an ounce

Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September 2011, but the haven metal held ground above $1,800 an ounce after data showed weekly U.S. jobless claims remained well above one million. August gold fell $16.80, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,803.80 an ounce, a day after the most-active contract rose 0.6% to settle at $1,820.60, the highest since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Prices on Thursday touched a low of...

Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar rises from four-week low as US stocks retreat

The dollar rallied from a four-week low in choppy trading on Thursday, enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal, as U.S. stocks fell with market sentiment turning cautious as the United States hit another record high on new coronavirus cases. The euro, meanwhile, fell from a one-month high versus the dollar, while commodity currencies, which tend to rise when there's higher risk appetite also slid against the greenback. Some analysts said dollar sentiment turned higher after the U.S....

Hong Kong Stocks Close On Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished with more gains on Thursday, in line with advances across Asia following another record-breaking lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.98 points, to 26,210.16. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.39 percent, or 47.15 points, to 3,450.59 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 2.70 percent, or 59.33 points, to 2257.95. Source : AFP

Oil falls, with U.S. benchmark settling back under $40 as coronavirus concerns swirl

Oil futures fell on Thursday, with U.S. benchmark prices settling back below $40 a barrel, as commodity traders contended with rising cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and some other countries that may threaten to unsettle demand for crude. August West Texas Intermediate crude fell by $1.28, or 3.1%, to settle at $39.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after climbing 0.7% on Wednesday. Prices finished Thursday at the lowest since for a front-month contract June 30, according to...

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