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Gold Prices Pare Losses, But Still End at a 1-Year Low

Gold futures gave up much of their declines Thursday, but still finished at their lowest in about a year. President Donald Trump voiced his disagreement with the Federal Reserve's plan for gradual increases in interest rates, prompting a decline in the benchmark dollar index which, in turn, helped to lift gold off the lows of the session. August gold settled at $1,224 an ounce, down $3.90, or 0.3%, for the session. The settlement marked gold's entry into correction territory - down more than...

Dollar on defensive against yen, euro after Trump comments

The dollar was on the defensive against the yen and euro early Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed concern about the currency's strength and the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases. Trump said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that a strong dollar puts the United States at a disadvantage, adding that the Chinese yuan œwas dropping like a rock. A strong currency tends to make a country™s exports more expensive. Trump also showed displeasure about the Fed™s...

Gold Heads for Weekly Decline as Rate Outlook in Focus

Gold drops to trade near lowest in a year as investors weigh Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comments on interest rate outlook, as well as President Donald Trump's intervention that he's 'not thrilled' at Fed's tightening trajectory. Bullion for immediate delivery slipped 0.5% at $1,216.78/oz at 9:47am in Singapore, after hitting $1,211.63 on Thursday, lowest since July 2017: Bloomberg generic pricing. That metal lost 2.2% this week to head for fifth weekly...

Dollar index turns negative after Trump say's he's not 'thrilled' with Feds' rate hikes

The U.S. dollar turned negative versus its main rivals on Thursday after President Donald Trump said he disagreed with the Federal Reserve's strategy to gradually hike interest rates. Trump told CNBC during an interview on Thursday that he isn't "thrilled" that the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates. An excerpt of the the interview, which is slated to air early Friday, was released midday Thursday. "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again. I don't really...

EU Preparing to Strike Back if Trump Slaps Tariffs on Foreign Cars

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Most Fed Officials Backed Continued Gradual Rate Hikes
Thursday, 4 January 2018 02:28 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveThe FedEkonomi AS

Federal Reserve officials in December debated the risks to the U.S. economic outlook, with some concerned about low inflation and others pointing to robust growth that was about to get a further boost from tax cuts.

Most participants reiterating support for œcontinuing a gradual approach to raising the target range for the benchmark policy rate, according to minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's Dec. 12-13 meeting released Wednesday in Washington. U.S. central bankers raised interest rates by a quarter percentage point and penciled in three more hikes for 2018, according to the median estimate.

Fed officials discussed several risks that could result in a faster pace of increases. œThese risks included the possibility that inflation pressures could build unduly if output expanded well beyond its maximum sustainable level, owing to fiscal stimulus or œaccommodative financial conditions, the minutes said.

Policy makers continued to wrestle over the outlook for inflation, the minutes showed. Economists were surprised in 2017 by the failure of wages and prices to rally despite a strengthening job market. Even as unemployment dropped to 4.1 percent, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation dipped to as low as 1.4 percent, before rebounding to 1.8 percent in the 12 months through November.

Fed officials said the pace of rate hikes could be slower if inflation failed to move up toward their 2 percent target. œWhile participants generally saw the risks to the economic outlook as roughly balanced, they agreed that inflation developments should be monitored closely, the minutes said.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Prices Pare Losses, But Still End at a 1-Year Low

Gold futures gave up much of their declines Thursday, but still finished at their lowest in about a year. President Donald Trump voiced his disagreement with the Federal Reserve's plan for gradual increases in interest rates, prompting a decline in the benchmark dollar index which, in turn, helped to lift gold off the lows of the session. August gold settled at $1,224 an ounce, down $3.90, or 0.3%, for the session. The settlement marked gold's entry into correction territory - down more than...

Dollar on defensive against yen, euro after Trump comments

The dollar was on the defensive against the yen and euro early Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed concern about the currency's strength and the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases. Trump said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that a strong dollar puts the United States at a disadvantage, adding that the Chinese yuan œwas dropping like a rock. A strong currency tends to make a country™s exports more expensive. Trump also showed displeasure about the Fed™s...

Gold Heads for Weekly Decline as Rate Outlook in Focus

Gold drops to trade near lowest in a year as investors weigh Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comments on interest rate outlook, as well as President Donald Trump's intervention that he's 'not thrilled' at Fed's tightening trajectory. Bullion for immediate delivery slipped 0.5% at $1,216.78/oz at 9:47am in Singapore, after hitting $1,211.63 on Thursday, lowest since July 2017: Bloomberg generic pricing. That metal lost 2.2% this week to head for fifth weekly...

Dollar index turns negative after Trump say's he's not 'thrilled' with Feds' rate hikes

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EU Preparing to Strike Back if Trump Slaps Tariffs on Foreign Cars

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says the 28-nation bloc is preparing to retaliate against the United States if President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on foreign autos and car parts. Trump slapped tariffs on EU steel and aluminum on June 1, which the EU responded to with duties on U.S. products, and is threatening to extend them to the automotive industry. Malmstrom said at a Brussels news conference hosted by the German Marshall Fund the European Union is compiling "a...

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