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Hong Kong Stocks Close Flat, Ending Tough Week

Hong Kong shares finished barely moved Friday, bringing an end to a tumultuous week that has seen the city crippled by violent protests, which show no sign of abating. The Hang Seng Index inched up 2.97 points to 26,326.66. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.64 percent, or 18.53 points, to 2,891.34 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dived 1.13 percent, or 18.43 points, to 1,605.70. Source : AFP

Dollar Flat After Powell Plays Down Further Cuts

The dollar was mostly flat in early trade in Europe on Friday amid a lull in news ahead of more U.S. economic data later in the day. The greenback is on course for a modest loss of around 0.2% this week, drifting as the world waits for China and the U.S. tie up an elusive trade truce. The threat of a Chinese crackdown on unrest in Hong Kong is also keeping markets on edge. President Xi Jinping urged the city™s chief executive Carrie Lam to clamp down on protests on late on Thursday, urging...

Gold futures fall for the session, gain 0.4% for the week

Gold futures declined on Friday, as optimism that phase one of a U.S.-China trade deal will soon be reached, and strength in the U.S. stock market dulled haven demand for the metal. For the week, however, gold tacked on 0.4%. "Despite this recent bout of counterintuitive losses, gold looks strong both technically and, more importantly, from a fundamental point of view," said Mark O'Byrne, research director at GoldCore. "From a technical point of view, gold looks very bullish with a series of...

Gold Edges Lower as Trade Deal Hopes Dent Haven Appeal

Gold futures trade lower Friday, halting a rebound after upbeat comments on the outlook for a œphase one trade deal between the U.S. and China robbed the metal of its haven appeal. Gold for December delivery on Comex was off $5.30, or 0.4%, at $1,468.10 an ounce, while December silver declined 14.3 cents, or 0.8%, to $16.885 an ounce. Analysts tied weakness to remarks by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow late Thursday, which stoked optimism for a deal without providing much in...

European Stocks Open Higher On US-China Trade Deal Hopes

European stocks opened higher Friday morning as traders digest optimistic sounds out of the White House on a prospective trade deal between the U.S. and China. The pan-European Stoxx 600 jumped 0.5% at 404.41 at the opening bell, with basic resources climbing 1.6% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses traded in positive territory. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed on Thursday that phase one of a trade deal between the world™s two largest economies was œgetting...

BOE Cuts Forecasts, Says Brexit Damage to Economy Has Risen
Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:18 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |BOE

The Bank of England warned that damage to the economy from Brexit has increased as it cut its growth forecast and predicted a dramatic slump in investment.

As the U.K. approaches the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union without yet having a deal for a new relationship settled, businesses are slashing spending and consumers are growing more worried.

The BOE said that œuncertainty had intensified, and now forecasts 1.2 percent growth this year, down from 1.7 percent predicted three months ago, the biggest downgrade since the 2016 referendum. The global backdrop has also weakened, as highlighted in the European Commission™s sweeping cuts to the euro-area economic outlook on Thursday.

The BOE™s decision follows recent dovish statements from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. U.K. officials noted the impact of China™s slowdown and said trade wasn™t contributing as much to growth as they expected.

The forecasts came alongside the latest policy decision by the Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Mark Carney. It voted 9-0 to hold the key interest rate at 0.75 percent, as predicted by all economists in a Bloomberg survey. The bank last lifted the rate in August.

With Brexit hanging over the outlook, the bank said that its forecasts would need to be updated œonce greater clarity emerged about the nature of EU withdrawal. Acknowledging the huge impact of uncertainty, it ran an analysis showing that less uncertainty would lead to much stronger growth -- 1.6 percent this year and 2.2 percent in 2020.

Source : Bloomberg

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Hong Kong Stocks Close Flat, Ending Tough Week

Hong Kong shares finished barely moved Friday, bringing an end to a tumultuous week that has seen the city crippled by violent protests, which show no sign of abating. The Hang Seng Index inched up 2.97 points to 26,326.66. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.64 percent, or 18.53 points, to 2,891.34 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dived 1.13 percent, or 18.43 points, to 1,605.70. Source : AFP

Dollar Flat After Powell Plays Down Further Cuts

The dollar was mostly flat in early trade in Europe on Friday amid a lull in news ahead of more U.S. economic data later in the day. The greenback is on course for a modest loss of around 0.2% this week, drifting as the world waits for China and the U.S. tie up an elusive trade truce. The threat of a Chinese crackdown on unrest in Hong Kong is also keeping markets on edge. President Xi Jinping urged the city™s chief executive Carrie Lam to clamp down on protests on late on Thursday, urging...

Gold futures fall for the session, gain 0.4% for the week

Gold futures declined on Friday, as optimism that phase one of a U.S.-China trade deal will soon be reached, and strength in the U.S. stock market dulled haven demand for the metal. For the week, however, gold tacked on 0.4%. "Despite this recent bout of counterintuitive losses, gold looks strong both technically and, more importantly, from a fundamental point of view," said Mark O'Byrne, research director at GoldCore. "From a technical point of view, gold looks very bullish with a series of...

Gold Edges Lower as Trade Deal Hopes Dent Haven Appeal

Gold futures trade lower Friday, halting a rebound after upbeat comments on the outlook for a œphase one trade deal between the U.S. and China robbed the metal of its haven appeal. Gold for December delivery on Comex was off $5.30, or 0.4%, at $1,468.10 an ounce, while December silver declined 14.3 cents, or 0.8%, to $16.885 an ounce. Analysts tied weakness to remarks by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow late Thursday, which stoked optimism for a deal without providing much in...

European Stocks Open Higher On US-China Trade Deal Hopes

European stocks opened higher Friday morning as traders digest optimistic sounds out of the White House on a prospective trade deal between the U.S. and China. The pan-European Stoxx 600 jumped 0.5% at 404.41 at the opening bell, with basic resources climbing 1.6% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses traded in positive territory. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed on Thursday that phase one of a trade deal between the world™s two largest economies was œgetting...

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