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Gold settles with a slight gain, avoids correction territory

Gold prices settled slightly higher on Wednesday, ending a three-session streak of declines as a benchmark dollar index eased back toward session lows, allowing the yellow metal to avoid a finish in correction territory. August gold tacked on 60 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,227.90 an ounce, giving up earlier declines that saw prices touch a low of $1,220.90. The precious commodity has thus far tumbled 9.9% since its peak on Jan. 15 at $1,362.90 an ounce, placing it near...

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...

Gold tumbles, poised for lowest close in more than year as dollar, rates rise

Gold prices early Thursday extended a downdraft that has pushed the metal toward its lowest close in more than a year, in an atmosphere of rising benchmark rates for U.S. government debt and the continuation of a U.S. dollar rally. August gold traded $12, or 1%, lower at $1,215.90 an ounce early Thursday. Other metals also showed signs of faltering, September silver tumbled by 32 cents, or 2.1%, to $15.260 an ounce, on track for its lowest close since early 2016. Source: Marketwatch

SNB Keeps Intervention Threat as Key Interest Rate at Record Low
Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:59 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |SNB,Bank Sentral Swiss,

Switzerland's central bank kept interest rates at rock bottom and reiterated its intervention threat, sticking with a policy that's helped it to weaken its currency.

The Swiss National Bank said the franc remains œhighly valued against the euro on Thursday and said its current policies remain œessential. The decision for all monetary tools to remain unchanged was widely anticipated.

While economic growth in Switzerland and in the surrounding euro area has strengthened, price pressures remain sub par, and the SNB doesn™t want to do anything that would boost the franc and undermine its efforts to lift inflation.

But the Swiss decision to stand pat is in contrast to many other central banks. The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates again next week, the Bank of England has signaled faster tightening ahead, and even the European Central Bank recently shifted its guidance, edging it modestly closer to the exit from stimulus.

œThe situation in the foreign exchange market is still fragile and monetary conditions may change rapidly, the SNB, led by President Thomas Jordan, said in a statement.

Switzerland finished 2017 with solid growth of 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, supported by an improving global economy and a weaker franc. The currency dropped 8 percent against the euro last year, helping long-blighted exporters.

Yet signs are mounting that in the euro area, momentum may have lost pace in recent weeks -- which would have a knock-on effect on Switzerland -- and U.S. plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have the potential to incite countermeasures from other countries and dent confidence.

The SNB, which has had a deposit rate of minus 0.75 percent since early 2015, sees growth of around 2 percent this year, unchanged from its previous prediction.

Inflation will average 0.6 percent this year and 0.9 percent in 2019, the SNB said. That compares to its December forecast of 0.7 percent and 1.1 percent respectively. The central bank also issued a first take on full-year 2020 inflation, expecting it at 1.9 percent.

Source: Bloomberg

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Gold settles with a slight gain, avoids correction territory

Gold prices settled slightly higher on Wednesday, ending a three-session streak of declines as a benchmark dollar index eased back toward session lows, allowing the yellow metal to avoid a finish in correction territory. August gold tacked on 60 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,227.90 an ounce, giving up earlier declines that saw prices touch a low of $1,220.90. The precious commodity has thus far tumbled 9.9% since its peak on Jan. 15 at $1,362.90 an ounce, placing it near...

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...

Gold tumbles, poised for lowest close in more than year as dollar, rates rise

Gold prices early Thursday extended a downdraft that has pushed the metal toward its lowest close in more than a year, in an atmosphere of rising benchmark rates for U.S. government debt and the continuation of a U.S. dollar rally. August gold traded $12, or 1%, lower at $1,215.90 an ounce early Thursday. Other metals also showed signs of faltering, September silver tumbled by 32 cents, or 2.1%, to $15.260 an ounce, on track for its lowest close since early 2016. Source: Marketwatch

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