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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...

UK Jobless Claims Jump to Highest Since 1996 as COVID Crisis Hits

A measure of the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Britain soared to its highest level since 1996 in April, the first full month of the government's coronavirus lockdown, data published on Tuesday showed.

The claimant count rose by 856,500 - the biggest ever month-on-month leap - to 2.097 million, a 69% increase, the Office for National Statistics said.

A Reuters poll of economists had produced a median forecast for a leap of 676,500 in the claimant count with forecasts ranging widely from just over 56,000 to as high as 1.5 million.

The surge would have been even sharper without a government programme to pay 80% of the wages of workers put on temporary leave by their employers, who do not count towards the unemployment total.

"While only covering the first weeks of restrictions, our figures show COVID-19 is having a major impact on the labour market, the ONS's Deputy National Statistician, Jonathan Athow, said.

Experimental data for jobs in April, based on tax figures, showed the number of people on companies' payrolls fell by 1.6% from March and were 1.2% lower than a year before.

"Vacancies were sharply down too, with hospitality again falling steepest, Athow said.

The ONS said Britain's unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in the January-March period, covering only one week of the lockdown, from 4.0% in the three months to February.

Employment grew by 211,000 in the first three months of the year compared with forecast for jobs growth of 50,000 in the Reuters poll.

Britain's unemployment rate could hit 10% in the April-June period, the country's budget forecasters have said, even with millions of workers shielded by the government's scheme to pay their wages while they are only temporarily laid off.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
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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