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Gold Declines After U.S. Pauses Trade War, Dollar Rises

Gold drops after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says U.S. is putting trade war with China on hold, boosting risk-on sentiment in markets. Treasury yields edge higher, dollar strengthens. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.4% to $1,288.06/oz at 12:10pm in Singapore. Metal -2% last week, biggest weekly drop since December. Silver -0.4% to $16.3820/oz. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.2%, highest level this year.  Yield on 10-year Treasuries +1 bp to...

Trump Says He'll Order DOJ Probe of Alleged Campaign Surveillance

President Donald Trump says he will order an investigation Monday into claims an FBI informant infiltrated his 2016 election campaign “ setting up a potential showdown with the Justice Department. œI hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!, Trump...

Gold Drops After U.S. Pauses Trade War, Dollar Rises

Gold declines after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. was putting the trade war with China on hold, boosting risk-on sentiment in markets. Treasury yields edge higher, dollar strengthens. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.3% to $1,289.77/oz at 8:27am in Singapore. Metal -2% last week, biggest weekly drop since December. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1%, near highest level since this year. Yield on 10-year Treasuries +2 bps to 3.08%. œThis...

Tokyo stocks open higher as yen eases

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday supported by a cheaper yen as worries over a trade war between the US and China eased. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.12 percent, or 28.37 points, to 22,958.73 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.01 percent or 0.23 points, at 1,815.48. The dollar was quoted at 111.00 yen in early Asian trade, up from 110.68 yen in New York late Friday. The dollar firmed slightly after the finance ministry said Japan's overall trade surplus...

Hong Kong stocks open with gains after trade war between the US and China eased

Hong Kong stocks started Monday on a positive note after the US and China said they had called off threatened tariffs and backed off from a trade war. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.60 percent, or 184.88 points, to 31,232.79. And the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.40 percent, or 12.88 points, to 3,206.18, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, climbed 0.54 percent, or 9.94 points, to 1,838.73. Source : AFP

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, Says Inflation Close to Target
Thursday, 3 May 2018 01:13 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveThe FedEkonomi AS

Federal Reserve officials left interest rates unchanged, acknowledging inflation is close to target without indicating any intention to veer from their gradual path of interest-rate increases.

œInflation on a 12-month basis is expected to run near the committee's symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term, the policy-settingFederal Open Market Committee said in a statement Wednesday in Washington. œThe committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant further gradual increases in the federal funds rate.

Officials may have signaled their willingness to allow inflation to exceed their 2 percent goal somewhat by adding a reference to the œsymmetric nature of their target.

The FOMC also noted the weakness in growth in the first quarter, removing a reference in the in March statement that the economic outlook had œstrengthened in recent months. They balanced that out by noting strong growth in business investment.

U.S. economic growth cooled in the first quarter to an annualized pace of 2.3 percent after averaging higher than 3 percent in the previous three quarters.

The decision to maintain the federal funds target range at 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent was a unanimous 8-0. This FOMC meeting won't be followed by a press conference.

The Fed's commentary is unlikely to change investor expectations that policy makers will raise interest rates for the second time this year when they re-convene in June.

Officials left unchanged their view that near-term risks to the economic outlook appeared œroughly balanced. That suggests policy makers are not ready to steepen dramatically the path they've projected for slowly raising rates.

The Fed lifted its benchmark rate three times last year -- while also beginning to slowly trim its balance sheet. Officials indicated in March they expect a total of three or four hikes in 2018.

The FOMC's two-day meeting followed the release of data Monday that showed inflation measured by the central bank's preferred gauge had hit its 2 percent target after being below that goal for almost every month since April 2012.

Policy makers aim to keep inflation near target while ensuring maximum sustainable employment and preserving a U.S economic expansion that is now the second longest on record.

Year-on-year growth in the personal consumption expenditures price index reached 2 percent in March, up from 1.7 percent in February. The jump was driven more by year-ago price drops in telecoms and pharmaceuticals than by recent price gains.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Declines After U.S. Pauses Trade War, Dollar Rises

Gold drops after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says U.S. is putting trade war with China on hold, boosting risk-on sentiment in markets. Treasury yields edge higher, dollar strengthens. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.4% to $1,288.06/oz at 12:10pm in Singapore. Metal -2% last week, biggest weekly drop since December. Silver -0.4% to $16.3820/oz. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.2%, highest level this year.  Yield on 10-year Treasuries +1 bp to...

Trump Says He'll Order DOJ Probe of Alleged Campaign Surveillance

President Donald Trump says he will order an investigation Monday into claims an FBI informant infiltrated his 2016 election campaign “ setting up a potential showdown with the Justice Department. œI hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!, Trump...

Gold Drops After U.S. Pauses Trade War, Dollar Rises

Gold declines after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. was putting the trade war with China on hold, boosting risk-on sentiment in markets. Treasury yields edge higher, dollar strengthens. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.3% to $1,289.77/oz at 8:27am in Singapore. Metal -2% last week, biggest weekly drop since December. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1%, near highest level since this year. Yield on 10-year Treasuries +2 bps to 3.08%. œThis...

Tokyo stocks open higher as yen eases

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday supported by a cheaper yen as worries over a trade war between the US and China eased. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.12 percent, or 28.37 points, to 22,958.73 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.01 percent or 0.23 points, at 1,815.48. The dollar was quoted at 111.00 yen in early Asian trade, up from 110.68 yen in New York late Friday. The dollar firmed slightly after the finance ministry said Japan's overall trade surplus...

Hong Kong stocks open with gains after trade war between the US and China eased

Hong Kong stocks started Monday on a positive note after the US and China said they had called off threatened tariffs and backed off from a trade war. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.60 percent, or 184.88 points, to 31,232.79. And the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.40 percent, or 12.88 points, to 3,206.18, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, climbed 0.54 percent, or 9.94 points, to 1,838.73. Source : AFP

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