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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

Dow futures fall more than 100 points as trade worries persist

U.S. stock futures lost ground Monday, putting the Dow industrials on track for a fifth losing session in a row as trade-war fears continued to weigh on global markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gave up 147 points, or 0.6%, to 24,962, while S&P 500 futures shed 13.40 points, or 0.5%, to 2,771. Nasdaq-100 futures fell by 41.50 points, or 0.6%, to 7,240. Markets remain fixated on how trade-related disagreements between the U.S. and China are escalating. President Donald Trump on...

Australia's Economy Expands Slower Than Forecast on Households
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 08:14 WIB | ASIA |Ekonomi Australia

Australia™s economy expanded slower than forecast in the three months through September, underscoring the likelihood of the central bank remaining on the sidelines for much of next year.

GDP rose 0.6% from prior quarter vs estimated 0.7% gain.

GDP climbed 2.8% from year earlier vs forecast 3% rise.

Non-dwelling construction soared 18.4% adding 0.9 percentage point to growth, household spending rose 0.1%, adding 0.1 point.

Public investment fell 7.5%, cutting 0.4 point from growth.

Household savings ratio was 3.2% in third quarter, up from revised 3% in prior three months.

Aussie dollar fell to 75.80 U.S. cents at 11:34 a.m. in Sydney vs 76.12 before data.

Australia™s economy is deep in transition toward services industries and away from mining investment, a period of upheaval that™s suppressed growth and wages. The shift has been helped by a burst of full-time hiring this year as more firms gain confidence. The Reserve Bank of Australia has signaled no near-term policy change as it provides companies and households some certainty they™re not about to be hit with higher borrowing costs.

It™s paying off on the commercial side. Business conditions -- a gauge of the environment firms are operating in and closely watched by the RBA -- are at a record high and firms are beginning to invest. Yet households, which should be on the other end of these transactions, are mired in debt and struggling with recession-era levels of wage growth.

Meanwhile, China™s insatiable demand for Aussie iron ore to produce steel for skyscrapers and apartment blocks is entering a more mature phase; at the same time, its burgeoning middle class is boosting demand for Australian education for their children and tourism as their economy also transitions,proving a bonanza Down Under. 

Education exports to China were worth A$9 billion ($6.8 billion) in fiscal 2017, up 260 percent in a decade; and more than a million Chinese tourists visited Australia last year, a figure predicted to more than triple by 2026.

Australia™s central bank says it expects 3 percent GDP growth for the next couple of years. Given Treasury estimates the economy™s speed limit is 2.75 percent, that would start soaking up spare capacity, which Governor Philip Lowe on Tuesday signaled is starting to happen already.

œForward-looking indicators continue to point to solid growth in employment over the period ahead, Lowe said after leaving the cash rate at a record-low 1.5 percent for a 15th meeting. œThere are reports that some employers are finding it more difficult to hire workers with the necessary skills. However, wage growth remains low. This is likely to continue for a while yet.

Source: Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

Dow futures fall more than 100 points as trade worries persist

U.S. stock futures lost ground Monday, putting the Dow industrials on track for a fifth losing session in a row as trade-war fears continued to weigh on global markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gave up 147 points, or 0.6%, to 24,962, while S&P 500 futures shed 13.40 points, or 0.5%, to 2,771. Nasdaq-100 futures fell by 41.50 points, or 0.6%, to 7,240. Markets remain fixated on how trade-related disagreements between the U.S. and China are escalating. President Donald Trump on...

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