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Gold prices finish lower as some upbeat economic data dull haven demand

Gold futures gave up earlier gains to finish lower on Thursday, as some upbeat U.S. economic data dulled haven demand for the precious metal. Prices also declined on the back of further gains in U.S. benchmark stock indexes, which followed the completion Wednesday of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China and the Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Thursday. Gold for February delivery on Comex declined by $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,550.50 an...

Oil futures end higher as U.S. trade deals raise expectations for energy demand

Oil futures ended higher on Thursday, with prices bouncing back after settling a day earlier at their lowest level since December. The U.S. and China made the first phase of their trade deal official on Wednesday and the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday, boosting prospects for U.S. energy demand. February West Texas Intermediate oil tacked on 71 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $58.52 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: Marketwatch

Hong Kong Stocks Finish with Gains (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed Thursday on a positive note, having fluctuated through the day after China and the United States finally signed their trade deal, with investors poring over the details. The Hang Seng index added 0.38 percent, or 109.45 points, to close at 28,883.04. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.52 percent, or 15.96 points, to 3,074.08 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.15 percent, or 2.64 points, to...