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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...

RBA Holds Nerve on Rates, Waits to See Which Way Consumers Jump
Tuesday, 5 March 2019 11:13 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

Australia™s central bank held its nerve in the face of a credit squeeze and tumbling property prices, keeping interest rates unchanged as it waits to see how consumers respond.

Governor Philip Lowe and his board kept the cash rate at 1.5 percent Tuesday -- as expected by money markets and economists -- saying in a statement: œthe main domestic uncertainty continues to be the strength of household consumption in the context of weak growth in household income and falling housing prices in some cities.

The Australian dollar was little changed, buying 70.84 U.S. cents at 2:33 p.m. in Sydney compared with 70.77 before the decision.

The Reserve Bank is under mounting pressure to end a 2-1/2 year pause in rate cuts amid signs consumers are hunkering down in response to a property slump. Sydney house prices have fallen 13 percent from a mid-2017 peak and bank lending is the weakest since the 1980s. But Lowe is taking heart from strong hiring and low unemployment, and holding out for Wednesday™s GDP report to gauge the state of consumption.

Australian unemployment has fallen to 5 percent as firms continue to hire and invest with interest rates at a record low. Indeed, the economy is in an unusual divide: solid jobs, investment and growth on one hand; with weak lending, a slumping housing market and faltering consumption on the other.

œDemand for credit by investors in the housing market has slowed noticeably as the dynamics of the housing market have changed, Lowe said. œGrowth in credit extended to owner-occupiers has eased further.

The RBA has run easy policy to try to tighten the labor market sufficiently to spur wage growth and inflation. Core consumer-price gains have failed to reach the lower end of the central bank™s 2-3 percent target for the past three years.

The global backdrop looks more optimistic as the U.S. and China appear to be closing in on a trade deal. But the latter™s growth is slowing, which only adds to the clouds over the outlook Down Under. At the same time, the Aussie dollar has provided some stimulus by declining about 9 percent over the past year.

The economy is forecast to grow 0.4 percent in the final three months of 2018 from the prior quarter and 2.6 percent from a year earlier -- a reasonable result but not sufficient to further reduce spare capacity in the labor market. Prior to the report, Lowe is due to speak in Sydney on the housing market.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
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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