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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...

ECB pushes out rate hike, offers cheap cash to banks
Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:20 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |EropaBank Sentral Eropa ECB

The European Central Bank changed tack on its tightening plan on Thursday, pushing out the timing of its first post-crisis rate hike until 2020 at the earliest and offering banks a new round of cheap loans to help revive the euro zone economy.

The bolder-than-expected move came as the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world are also holding back on rate hikes. It underlined how a global trade war, Brexit uncertainty and simmering debt concerns in Italy are taking their toll on economic growth across Europe.

Whereas the bank had previously said rates would remain at their record low levels through the summer, it said it now expected them to stay there œat least through the end of 2019.

The ECB now sees euro zone growth at barely 1.1 percent this year, compared to the 1.7 percent it projected in December.

In addition, it launched a third Targeted Long-Term Refinancing Operation (TLTRO III) consisting of two-year loans partly aimed at helping banks roll over 720 billion euros in existing TLTROs and so avoiding a credit squeeze that could exacerbate the economic slowdown.

Commercial banks have already started restricting credit in the face of falling industrial output and exports.

As reported by Reuters, the new loans will carry a floating rate tied to the ECB™s main refinancing operation, currently set at zero.

Source: Reuters

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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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