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Gold settles at fresh 2018 low as dollar index taps 11-month high

Gold prices marked a third straight session decline on Thursday to carve out another low for 2018 as a leading dollar index--lifted in a rising interest-rate environment--tapped its highest level since last summer. August gold lost $4, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,270.50 an ounce. Prices finished at their lowest for a most-active contract since Dec. 20, according to FactSet data. Around the metals complex, July silver rose 0.1% to $16.326 an ounce. Its Wednesday settlement at $16.309 was the...

Oil Trades Near $66 as OPEC Moves Closer to Output Boost Deal

Oil traded near $66 as OPEC and its allies reached a preliminary agreement despite strong opposition from Iran to boost production. Oil has fluctuated in a narrow range this month as traders looked for signals on whether OPEC can come to an agreement to raise output, and if they do, how much that increase would be. OPEC and allies are now seeking to balance the interests of producers and consumers as U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his displeasure with high prices while Iran and...

HK stocks hit six-month closing low as trade war fears persist (Review)

Hong Kong stocks ended at a six-month low on Thursday, as China-U.S. trade conflict fears curbed risk appetite. The Hang Seng index ended 1.4 percent lower at 29,296.05, while the China Enterprises Index closed lower by 1.2 percent at 11,364.66 points. œSino-U.S. trade tensions could further escalate, said Gao Ting, Head of China Strategy, UBS Securities. œWhile the macro impact would likely be limited, the negotiation path is hard to predict, which could have a long-term negative...

Gold Heads for Second Weekly Drop on Dollar's Strength

Gold poised for second weekly drop as stronger dollar counters uncertainty surrounding global growth amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.1% to $1,268.45/oz at 9:24am in Singapore; -0.8% this week after -1.5% last week. Metal touched $1,261.50 on Thursday, lowest level since Dec. 20 Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index holds near highest since July 2017 In other precious metals : Silver +0.2% to $16.3522/oz to pare 2nd weekly...

Dow Extends Losing Streak to 8 Days

Stocks ended lower Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average stretching its losing streak to eight days as fears of a global trade war continued to weigh on investors. The Dow ended around 195 points lower near 24,463, a decline of 0.8%, according to preliminary figures. The string of losses matches a streak that ended in March 2017. The S&P 500 fell 0.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.9%. Source : Marketwatch

RBA's Lowe: Aussie Economy To Break Out Of Rut
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 18:17 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Moneter

Reserve Bank of Australia Gov. Philip Lowe remains confident the country will break out of its low-wage-growth, low-inflation rut.

In a speech just hours after the RBA opted to keep interest rates on hold, Mr. Lowe said he was optimistic that the laws of supply and demand still worked in the labor market.

"I am optimistic enough that I don't see it [low wage growth] as a permanent state of affairs. It is likely that, as our economy strengthens and the demand for labor picks up, growth in wages will pick up too," he said.

Flat pay has plagued the Australian consumer for some years, a situation that has contributed to record household debt levels as property prices soar.

Mr. Lowe acknowledged the global scale of the problem of low wage growth, adding that a slow expansion of pay overseas was also contributing to low inflation and slower economic growth elsewhere in the world.

"The slow growth in wages is contributing to low inflation outcomes globally. My expectation is that this is going to continue for a while yet, given that the structural factors at work are likely to persist," he added.

Still, Mr. Lowe said the current record low for official interest rates in Australia was helping to lift the economy, something most visible in the job market.

He said the number of Australians with jobs had picked up over recent months and cited the fall in the unemployment rate.

The RBA looks set to continue moving cautiously, conscious that inflation pressures remain benign, he added.

"The Board has been prepared to be patient and has not sought to overly engineer or fine-tune things. In our view, the balance we have struck is appropriate and it is likely that the economy will pick up from here as the drag from declining mining investment comes to an end," he added.

Mr. Lowe's comments come the day before Australia releases growth figures for the second quarter that are expected to show a strong rebound from the first three months of the year.

The RBA's central scenario is for growth of around 3% over the next couple of years and for the unemployment rate to move lower gradually.

 

Source: MarketWatch

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Gold settles at fresh 2018 low as dollar index taps 11-month high

Gold prices marked a third straight session decline on Thursday to carve out another low for 2018 as a leading dollar index--lifted in a rising interest-rate environment--tapped its highest level since last summer. August gold lost $4, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,270.50 an ounce. Prices finished at their lowest for a most-active contract since Dec. 20, according to FactSet data. Around the metals complex, July silver rose 0.1% to $16.326 an ounce. Its Wednesday settlement at $16.309 was the...

Oil Trades Near $66 as OPEC Moves Closer to Output Boost Deal

Oil traded near $66 as OPEC and its allies reached a preliminary agreement despite strong opposition from Iran to boost production. Oil has fluctuated in a narrow range this month as traders looked for signals on whether OPEC can come to an agreement to raise output, and if they do, how much that increase would be. OPEC and allies are now seeking to balance the interests of producers and consumers as U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his displeasure with high prices while Iran and...

HK stocks hit six-month closing low as trade war fears persist (Review)

Hong Kong stocks ended at a six-month low on Thursday, as China-U.S. trade conflict fears curbed risk appetite. The Hang Seng index ended 1.4 percent lower at 29,296.05, while the China Enterprises Index closed lower by 1.2 percent at 11,364.66 points. œSino-U.S. trade tensions could further escalate, said Gao Ting, Head of China Strategy, UBS Securities. œWhile the macro impact would likely be limited, the negotiation path is hard to predict, which could have a long-term negative...

Gold Heads for Second Weekly Drop on Dollar's Strength

Gold poised for second weekly drop as stronger dollar counters uncertainty surrounding global growth amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.1% to $1,268.45/oz at 9:24am in Singapore; -0.8% this week after -1.5% last week. Metal touched $1,261.50 on Thursday, lowest level since Dec. 20 Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index holds near highest since July 2017 In other precious metals : Silver +0.2% to $16.3522/oz to pare 2nd weekly...

Dow Extends Losing Streak to 8 Days

Stocks ended lower Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average stretching its losing streak to eight days as fears of a global trade war continued to weigh on investors. The Dow ended around 195 points lower near 24,463, a decline of 0.8%, according to preliminary figures. The string of losses matches a streak that ended in March 2017. The S&P 500 fell 0.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.9%. Source : Marketwatch

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