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Dollar Edges Higher Versus Yen Amid Progress on U.S. Tax Bill

The dollar edged higher against the yen after rallying Friday amid optimism a bill to cut U.S. taxes will be passed this week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index held close to its 50-day moving average after climbing above that threshold last week as Republican leaders finalized their plan for lower taxes, paving the way for a policy victory for President Donald Trump. Treasuries declined as most Asian stock markets advanced, sapping demand for safer assets. The...

Erdogan Hopes to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.. "Because it is under occupation we can't just go there and open an embassy," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman. "But, inshallah [God willing] those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there," he said, without giving any precise timeframe. The comments come just days after Erdogan hosted a...

Japan Shares Rise Amid Weaker Yen as U.S. Tax-Cut Bill Advances

Japanese shares rose as the yen continued to weaken after Republican leaders gained two key votes on the U.S. tax-cut bill Friday. Electronics makers and banks were the biggest boosts to the benchmark Topix, led by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. Congressional Republicans finalized their plan for a highly-anticipated set of tax cuts for businesses and individuals after six weeks of legislative negotiations. Almost five shares rose for every...

Gold Drops as U.S. Stocks Rally on Tax Reform Optimism

Gold declines after progress on U.S. tax cuts propels stocks to record highs on Friday and boosts dollar. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.2% to $1,253.84/oz at 9:02am in Singapore: Bloomberg generic pricing. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index flat after +0.4% Friday. Precious metal heads for 9.3% advance this year after +8.1% in 2016. The dollar™s strength is weakening gold, David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, says by phone. Tax reform is œa...

Hong Kong stocks open lower on Monday trading

Hong Kong stocks eased in the first few minutes of trade on Monday following big losses at the end of last week, while investors ignored a record lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.07 percent, or 19.34 points, to 28,828.77. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.06 percent, or 1.89 points, to 3,268.03 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.11 percent, or 2.01 points, to 1,899.19. Source: AFP

Australia Holds Key Rate as 15th Pause Sees It Drift From Peers
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:13 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |MoneterRBA

Australia™s central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged and signaled no plans to move in the near term even as developed economies shift toward withdrawing stimulus.

The Reserve Bank of Australia™s board kept the key rate at 1.5 percent for a 15th straight meeting on Tuesday that was also the last one for the year. The decision was expected by economists and markets.

œThe outlook for non-mining business investment has improved further, with the forward-looking indicators being more positive than they have been for some time, Governor Philip Lowe said in a statement following the decision. œOne continuing source of uncertainty is the outlook for household consumption. Household incomes are growing slowly and debt levels are high. He also said the economy likely grew around its œtrend rate over the year to the third quarter.

The Australian dollar edged higher, buying 76.42 US cents at 2:34 pm in Sydney compared with 76.37 cents before the statement.

Lowe has recently made clear he™s in no rush to follow the U.S., Canada and the U.K. in raising borrowing costs just yet, with some of his Asian peersforecast to follow South Korea and hike next year. The RBA™s low rates have lifted business confidence and encouraged firms to hire and invest, but households that loaded up on debt to buy property are struggling with low wage growth to meet repayments and still consume.

Since the board last convened, the Aussie dollar is little changed; third-quarter data showed wage growth remained in the doldrums; another month of strong full-time hiring saw unemployment drop to 5.4 percent, the lowest in more than four years; and iron ore, Australia™s biggest export, has climbed 20 percent from a low in late October.

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund last month acknowledged that tepid wage growth meant the RBA may need to extend its rate pause for another 12 months. In contrast, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development urged policy makers to raise rates in the second half of 2018 as the pick up in wages and prices becomes more entrenched.

Lowe himself said two weeks ago that if the economy continues to improve as expected, the next move in rates will be up rather than down. But, he added, continued spare capacity and a subdued inflation outlook meant there isn™t a strong case for a near-term adjustment in policy.

The RBA™s 15 meetings on hold matches its previous record. Money markets see little chance of a rate increase before December 2018 and the median estimate of economists is for tightening to begin in the fourth quarter of next year. The board doesn™t convene in January, so the next meeting will be Feb. 6, 2018.

Source: Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Dollar Edges Higher Versus Yen Amid Progress on U.S. Tax Bill

The dollar edged higher against the yen after rallying Friday amid optimism a bill to cut U.S. taxes will be passed this week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index held close to its 50-day moving average after climbing above that threshold last week as Republican leaders finalized their plan for lower taxes, paving the way for a policy victory for President Donald Trump. Treasuries declined as most Asian stock markets advanced, sapping demand for safer assets. The...

Erdogan Hopes to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.. "Because it is under occupation we can't just go there and open an embassy," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman. "But, inshallah [God willing] those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there," he said, without giving any precise timeframe. The comments come just days after Erdogan hosted a...

Japan Shares Rise Amid Weaker Yen as U.S. Tax-Cut Bill Advances

Japanese shares rose as the yen continued to weaken after Republican leaders gained two key votes on the U.S. tax-cut bill Friday. Electronics makers and banks were the biggest boosts to the benchmark Topix, led by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. Congressional Republicans finalized their plan for a highly-anticipated set of tax cuts for businesses and individuals after six weeks of legislative negotiations. Almost five shares rose for every...

Gold Drops as U.S. Stocks Rally on Tax Reform Optimism

Gold declines after progress on U.S. tax cuts propels stocks to record highs on Friday and boosts dollar. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.2% to $1,253.84/oz at 9:02am in Singapore: Bloomberg generic pricing. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index flat after +0.4% Friday. Precious metal heads for 9.3% advance this year after +8.1% in 2016. The dollar™s strength is weakening gold, David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, says by phone. Tax reform is œa...

Hong Kong stocks open lower on Monday trading

Hong Kong stocks eased in the first few minutes of trade on Monday following big losses at the end of last week, while investors ignored a record lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.07 percent, or 19.34 points, to 28,828.77. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.06 percent, or 1.89 points, to 3,268.03 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.11 percent, or 2.01 points, to 1,899.19. Source: AFP

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