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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

Tokyo Stocks Open Lower

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Hong Kong Stocks Start on Negative Note

Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

Asia Stocks Dip on Likely Smaller Fed Rate Cut, Oil Gains

Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

Gold Retreats Further From Six-Year Peak as Deep Rate Cut Views Fade

Gold prices inched lower on Monday, extending losses after the metal hit a six-year peak on Friday, as investors rolled back expectations for a sharp interest rate cut at the end of this month, while tensions in the Middle East limited losses for the bullion. Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,422.74 per ounce as of 0137 GMT. The metal hit $1,452.60 in the previous session, its highest since May 2013, before closing 1.5% lower. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,424.10 an ounce. Expectations...

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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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

Tokyo Stocks Open Lower

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Hong Kong Stocks Start on Negative Note

Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

Asia Stocks Dip on Likely Smaller Fed Rate Cut, Oil Gains

Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

Gold Retreats Further From Six-Year Peak as Deep Rate Cut Views Fade

Gold prices inched lower on Monday, extending losses after the metal hit a six-year peak on Friday, as investors rolled back expectations for a sharp interest rate cut at the end of this month, while tensions in the Middle East limited losses for the bullion. Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,422.74 per ounce as of 0137 GMT. The metal hit $1,452.60 in the previous session, its highest since May 2013, before closing 1.5% lower. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,424.10 an ounce. Expectations...

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