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Gold claws up from 2019 low, but ascent limited by stock-market gains

Gold trade steadied Wednesday morning, with prices poking into positive territory, after a hunt for assets viewed as risky took the haven metal to its lowest finish of the year a day ago. Gold for June delivery on Comex was up $1.10, or less than 0.1%, at $1,278.30 an ounce. June gold settled at $1,277.20 Tuesday. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since Dec. 26, according to FactSet data. Gold had moved lower this week as equity benchmarks in the U.S. flirted with records...

Gold futures end at lowest since December, down 1.5% for the week

Gold futures posted a modest decline on Thursday, to tally a loss of 1.5% for the week. "U.S. dollar strength, enhanced not only by economic data but release of the Mueller report is going to keep a lid on gold in the short term," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. June gold lost 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,276 an ounce on Comex. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since Dec. 26, according to FactSet data. Gold trading will be...

Stocks open higher after upbeat corporate earnings

Stocks rose at the opening bell on Wednesday as investors keyed into the next round of first-quarter corporate earnings, while showing little interest in China's robust economic data. The S&P 500 was up 0.3% to 2,916. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 32 points, or 0.1%, to 26,484. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.6% to 8,046. Key equity benchmarks continue to move toward their record highs, with the S&P 500 less than 1% away from its all-time closing high on Sept. 20. China's...

U.S. dollar edges lower after stronger-than-expected China GDP data

The U.S. dollar was off slightly versus its biggest rivals Wednesday after data showed the pace of Chinese economic growth steadied in the first quarter, helping to soothe fears of a global economic slowdown. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index a measure of the currency against six major rivals, was off 0.1% at 96.918. The U.S. unit traded at 111.99 Japanese yen down marginally from its level late Tuesday in New York trading at ¥112.02. The euro fetched $1.1308, up from $1.1283. China's economy grew...

Strong Earthquake hits East Taiwan

The 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern coast of Taiwan late Thursday, according to the country's Central Weather Bureau. Television footage of landslides in one area, but no one reported on land or mountains. The bureau said the earthquake occurred at one minute after 1 pm, with the epicenter about 10 kilometers northwest of the city of the eastern coast of Hualien. The Depth earthquake was 10 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake shook buildings in...

Fed Chief Powell Says Economy Sending 'Conflicting Signals'
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:16 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday said the economy has been sending "conflicting signals" that justify a "patient approach" on future changes to interest rates.

œWhile we view current economic conditions as healthy and the economic outlook as favorable, over the past few months we have seen some crosscurrents and conflicting signals, Powell said in testimony prepared for delivery to the Senate Banking Committee.

The Fed chairman did not give a ringing endorsement of the economic outlook, saying only that in January œmy colleagues and I generally expected the economy to expand at a solid pace in 2019.

œIn the last couple of months, some data have softened but still point to spending gains this quarter, he noted.

At the Fed™s last interest-rate committee meeting, Powell and his colleagues decided they will be patient about further interest rate hikes. For economists, this generally means no tightening at least until much later this year.

The market has actually priced in a small chance of an interest-rate cut by December.

Minutes of the Fed™s January meeting show two camps among top officials, with some saying they expected to raise interest rates if the economy remains healthy and the outlook favorable, while others noting it would take some sign of higher inflation to justify further tightening.

Powell did not take sides, saying only that œgoing forward, our policy decisions will continue to be data dependent and will take into account new information as economic conditions.

Powell told lawmakers that the crosscurrents and conflicting signals come in large part from financial markets.

œFinancial markets became more volatile toward year-end, and financial conditions are now less supportive of growth than they were earlier last year, he said.

In addition, œgrowth has slowed in some major foreign economies, particularly China and Europe, the Fed chairman said.

œAnd uncertainty is elevated around several unresolved government policy issues, including Brexit and ongoing trade negotiations, he added.

œIn January, with inflation pressures muted, the FOMC determined that the cumulative effects of these developments, along with ongoing government policy uncertainty, warranted taking a patient approach with regard to future policy changes, the Fed chairman said.

Powell said that the partial government shutdown will only have œfairly modest negative effects on the economy.

Source : Marketwatch

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Gold claws up from 2019 low, but ascent limited by stock-market gains

Gold trade steadied Wednesday morning, with prices poking into positive territory, after a hunt for assets viewed as risky took the haven metal to its lowest finish of the year a day ago. Gold for June delivery on Comex was up $1.10, or less than 0.1%, at $1,278.30 an ounce. June gold settled at $1,277.20 Tuesday. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since Dec. 26, according to FactSet data. Gold had moved lower this week as equity benchmarks in the U.S. flirted with records...

Gold futures end at lowest since December, down 1.5% for the week

Gold futures posted a modest decline on Thursday, to tally a loss of 1.5% for the week. "U.S. dollar strength, enhanced not only by economic data but release of the Mueller report is going to keep a lid on gold in the short term," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. June gold lost 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,276 an ounce on Comex. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since Dec. 26, according to FactSet data. Gold trading will be...

Stocks open higher after upbeat corporate earnings

Stocks rose at the opening bell on Wednesday as investors keyed into the next round of first-quarter corporate earnings, while showing little interest in China's robust economic data. The S&P 500 was up 0.3% to 2,916. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 32 points, or 0.1%, to 26,484. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.6% to 8,046. Key equity benchmarks continue to move toward their record highs, with the S&P 500 less than 1% away from its all-time closing high on Sept. 20. China's...

U.S. dollar edges lower after stronger-than-expected China GDP data

The U.S. dollar was off slightly versus its biggest rivals Wednesday after data showed the pace of Chinese economic growth steadied in the first quarter, helping to soothe fears of a global economic slowdown. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index a measure of the currency against six major rivals, was off 0.1% at 96.918. The U.S. unit traded at 111.99 Japanese yen down marginally from its level late Tuesday in New York trading at ¥112.02. The euro fetched $1.1308, up from $1.1283. China's economy grew...

Strong Earthquake hits East Taiwan

The 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern coast of Taiwan late Thursday, according to the country's Central Weather Bureau. Television footage of landslides in one area, but no one reported on land or mountains. The bureau said the earthquake occurred at one minute after 1 pm, with the epicenter about 10 kilometers northwest of the city of the eastern coast of Hualien. The Depth earthquake was 10 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake shook buildings in...

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