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Gold prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

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 prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

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