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Gold futures end higher for the session, barely changed for the week

Gold futures settled higher on Friday, but barely budged for the week. "Gold has struggled to shine this week as positive economic data from the United States and China cooled concerns over the global economy," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "Appetite towards the metal was also bruised by the 'phase one' [U.S.-China] deal, which offered some light at the end of the long trade war tunnel. With stock markets hitting record highs and the dollar stabilizing, gold is...

S&P 500, Dow close at new records, notch best weekly gains since August

U.S. stocks closed at all-time highs Friday, marking the third-straight record close for the Dow and S&P 500, as investors cheered bullish economic data and continued to ride a wave of trade optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 50 points, or 0.2%, to about 29,348, the S&P 500 index gained roughly 13 points, or 0.4% to close at 3,330 and the Nasdaq Composite index advanced 32 points, or 0.2% to end the session at roughly 9,389. All three benchmarks set new intraday and...

Hong Kong Stocks End Week with Gains (REview)

Hong Kong stocks finished Friday on a positive note, with investors retaining optimism over the outlook following this week's signing of the China-US trade pact that eased tensions between the economic superpowers. The Hang Seng index added 0.60 percent, or 173.38 points, to close at 29,056.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.05 percent, or 1.41 points, to 3,075.50 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.29 percent, or 5.29...

Oil posts second straight week of declines as global demand concerns weigh

Oil prices steadied on Friday as sluggish economic growth in China, the world's biggest crude importer, raised concerns over fuel demand and countered optimism from the signing of a China-U.S. trade deal. Brent crude futures gained 25 cents to trade at $64.87 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 2 cents to settle at $58.54. For the week, Brent fell 0.2%, while WTI lost 0.8%. China's economy, the world™s second-largest, grew by 6.1% in 2019, its slowest expansion in...

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Open at Intraday Records

U.S. stock rose at the start of trade Friday, with the major benchmarks reaching new highs in just the third week of the year, after data on new U.S. home construction showed it surging to 13-year highs in December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1% at 29,334, the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% at 3,322, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.3% to reach 9,381 at Friday's start. Gains on the day have been bolstered by strong economic data. December housing starts showed home...

Safe-haven Yen, Swiss Franc Stand Tall as Trade Tensions Mount
Friday, 10 May 2019 09:23 WIB | CURRENCIES | YenSwissFranc

The safe-haven Japanese yen and Swiss franc stood tall on Friday amid investor concerns that a long-standing rift over trade between the United States and China could deepen if talks between the two fail to reach a last-minute deal.

U.S. and Chinese officials began two-day talks on Thursday in a bid to avert the escalation of a trade war that threatens to derail the global economy.

But acrimony between Washington and Beijing has risen this week and unless an agreement is reached, the United States is poised to trigger another round of punitive tariffs at 12:01 a.m. EDT (04:01 GMT) on Friday.

The dollar traded at 109.860 yen after slipping to a three-month low of 109.470 overnight on the back of the trade concerns, which have sparked broad risk-aversion in global markets this week.

The greenback stood at 1.0152 Swiss francs after dropping roughly 0.5 percent the previous day, when it touched a one-month low of 1.0122 francs.

The yen and franc tend to attract demand in times of market turmoil and political tension.

The euro nudged up 0.1 percent to $1.1225 after touching a one-week peak of $1.1251 the day before.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies, of which the euro is a main component of, was little changed at 97.429.

The index had slid to 97.238 on Thursday, its lowest since May 1, as a decline in U.S. Treasury yields as investors shied away from risk weighed on the dollar this week.

The Australian dollar, sensitive to shifts in risk sentiment, inched up 0.15 percent to $0.6997. The Aussie was still down 0.4 percent on the week, during which it brushed a four-month low of $0.6960.

Source : Reuters

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Gold futures end higher for the session, barely changed for the week

Gold futures settled higher on Friday, but barely budged for the week. "Gold has struggled to shine this week as positive economic data from the United States and China cooled concerns over the global economy," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "Appetite towards the metal was also bruised by the 'phase one' [U.S.-China] deal, which offered some light at the end of the long trade war tunnel. With stock markets hitting record highs and the dollar stabilizing, gold is...

S&P 500, Dow close at new records, notch best weekly gains since August

U.S. stocks closed at all-time highs Friday, marking the third-straight record close for the Dow and S&P 500, as investors cheered bullish economic data and continued to ride a wave of trade optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 50 points, or 0.2%, to about 29,348, the S&P 500 index gained roughly 13 points, or 0.4% to close at 3,330 and the Nasdaq Composite index advanced 32 points, or 0.2% to end the session at roughly 9,389. All three benchmarks set new intraday and...

Hong Kong Stocks End Week with Gains (REview)

Hong Kong stocks finished Friday on a positive note, with investors retaining optimism over the outlook following this week's signing of the China-US trade pact that eased tensions between the economic superpowers. The Hang Seng index added 0.60 percent, or 173.38 points, to close at 29,056.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.05 percent, or 1.41 points, to 3,075.50 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.29 percent, or 5.29...

Oil posts second straight week of declines as global demand concerns weigh

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Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Open at Intraday Records

U.S. stock rose at the start of trade Friday, with the major benchmarks reaching new highs in just the third week of the year, after data on new U.S. home construction showed it surging to 13-year highs in December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1% at 29,334, the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% at 3,322, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.3% to reach 9,381 at Friday's start. Gains on the day have been bolstered by strong economic data. December housing starts showed home...

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