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Gold futures end lower for session, cling to weekly gain

Gold futures prices settled fractionally lower Friday although maintained a weekly gain. A decline for the leading dollar index boosted the metal, with gains held in check by a rebound for the U.S. stock market. December gold fell $1.00, or 0.1%, to $1,229.10 an ounce. The contract was up nearly 0.6% for the week after trading as high as $1,231 earlier in the week, its loftiest since July, according to FactSet data. Marketwatch

Gold Set for Longest Run of Weekly Gains Since January

Gold is heading for a third straight week of gains, the longest stretch since January, amid renewed interest in the precious metal as a safe haven. Volatility in equity markets and tensions in the Middle East have spurred demand for bullion, with holdings in exchange-traded funds backed by the metal expanding to the highest level in more six weeks. Concerns about the economy were further fueled by a JPMorgan Chase model indicating that the chance of the U.S. tipping...

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Inching Toward $1 Billion

Americans have a chance -- a very slight chance -- when the Mega Millions lottery numbers are picked Friday night. The jackpot has been building since the last winning set of numbers was drawn in July and has climbed to an astounding $970 million and could exceed the billion-dollar mark by the time all tickets are sold. Meantime, the jackpot for another lottery called Powerball stands at $430 million for a lucky winner in Saturday™s drawing. The odds of winning either game are about 1 in...

Shanghai Stocks Rally after Supporting Remarks

Shanghai stocks rebounded from early losses to surge more than two percent Friday after top economic officials made rare coordinated statements aimed at shoring up investor confidence in the country's troubled markets. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.58 percent, or 64.05 points, to 2,550.47 but it still finished the week 2.1 percent lower. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also gained 2.58 percent, or 31.80 points, to 1,263.81 but...

European markets close flat as Brussels looks to reduce tensions with Italy

European stocks pared earlier losses on Friday after Europe's economy commissioner said no decision had yet been taken on Italy's controversial budget plan. The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended a shade lower, 0.06 percent down as Friday's closing bell rang. In terms of country performance, the FTSE 100 in the U.K., the Swiss SMI, Spain's IBEX were all higher, while France's CAC 40, Germany's DAX and Italy's FTSE MIB pared losses but finished lower. Auto stocks was the worst-performing sector...

Draghi Recognizes Weaker Momentum as ECB Affirms Solid Outlook
Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:59 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi acknowledged that momentum weakened at the start of the year even as he signaled his confidence in the euro area™s economic health.

œIncoming information since early March points to some moderation while remaining consistent with a solid and broad-based expansion of the euro-area economy, the European Central Bank president said at a news conference in Frankfurt. œUnderlying trends continue to support our confidence that inflation will converge toward our inflation aim over medium term.

The Governing Council confirmed expectations by leaving policy unchanged earlier on Thursday. The ECB currently foresees bond-buying at a monthly 30 billion euros ($37 billion) until at least September, with rates on hold œwell past then.

The ECB™s task has been complicated by data suggesting that the euro area™s strongest growth in a decade may be faltering. As well as waning industrial output and deteriorating business confidence, the threat of a global trade war is hanging over Europe™s export-oriented economy.

Policy makers have signaled, however, that they expect growth to stabilize at a solid pace. An initial look at euro-area gross domestic product in the first quarter will come next Wednesday, with economists predicting growth of 0.5 percent -- weaker than the 0.7 percent recorded at the end of 2017, but still pointing to above-potential expansion.

In his opening statement, Draghi also repeated that policy makers will continue to monitor exchange-rate developments and their potential impact on inflation.

Companies have complained about the euro™s gain of almost 12 percent in the last year. Credit Suisse Group AG has estimated that each 10 percent gain shaves 6 percent off of European stocks™ earnings per share. Even if the single currency™s rise has petered out for now, exporters like Continental AG andVolkswagen AG flagged the exchange rate as a risk.

Draghi reaffirmed his confidence that inflation will eventually rise to the ECB™s goal of just under 2 percent, even if there are still œno convincing signs of a sustained upward trend. While wages may be finally headed higher, consumer-price growth was unexpectedly revised down to 1.3 percent in March from an initial estimate of 1.4 percent.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold futures end lower for session, cling to weekly gain

Gold futures prices settled fractionally lower Friday although maintained a weekly gain. A decline for the leading dollar index boosted the metal, with gains held in check by a rebound for the U.S. stock market. December gold fell $1.00, or 0.1%, to $1,229.10 an ounce. The contract was up nearly 0.6% for the week after trading as high as $1,231 earlier in the week, its loftiest since July, according to FactSet data. Marketwatch

Gold Set for Longest Run of Weekly Gains Since January

Gold is heading for a third straight week of gains, the longest stretch since January, amid renewed interest in the precious metal as a safe haven. Volatility in equity markets and tensions in the Middle East have spurred demand for bullion, with holdings in exchange-traded funds backed by the metal expanding to the highest level in more six weeks. Concerns about the economy were further fueled by a JPMorgan Chase model indicating that the chance of the U.S. tipping...

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Inching Toward $1 Billion

Americans have a chance -- a very slight chance -- when the Mega Millions lottery numbers are picked Friday night. The jackpot has been building since the last winning set of numbers was drawn in July and has climbed to an astounding $970 million and could exceed the billion-dollar mark by the time all tickets are sold. Meantime, the jackpot for another lottery called Powerball stands at $430 million for a lucky winner in Saturday™s drawing. The odds of winning either game are about 1 in...

Shanghai Stocks Rally after Supporting Remarks

Shanghai stocks rebounded from early losses to surge more than two percent Friday after top economic officials made rare coordinated statements aimed at shoring up investor confidence in the country's troubled markets. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.58 percent, or 64.05 points, to 2,550.47 but it still finished the week 2.1 percent lower. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also gained 2.58 percent, or 31.80 points, to 1,263.81 but...

European markets close flat as Brussels looks to reduce tensions with Italy

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