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Gold prices finish lower as some upbeat economic data dull haven demand

Gold futures gave up earlier gains to finish lower on Thursday, as some upbeat U.S. economic data dulled haven demand for the precious metal. Prices also declined on the back of further gains in U.S. benchmark stock indexes, which followed the completion Wednesday of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China and the Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Thursday. Gold for February delivery on Comex declined by $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,550.50 an...

Gold Prices Aim for Back-to-Back Gain as Dollar and Bond Yields Retreat

Gold futures on Thursday headed for their highest close in about a week, extending a climb from Wednesday following the completion of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China. Gold for February delivery on Comex edged up $3.30, or 0.2%, at $1,556.80 an ounce, after the metal settled 0.6% higher a day ago. Gold is on pace for its best gain since Jan. 10, according to FactSet data. March silver, meanwhile, picked up 4 cents, or 0.2%, at $18.025 an ounce, after gold™s sister...

Oil futures end higher as U.S. trade deals raise expectations for energy demand

Oil futures ended higher on Thursday, with prices bouncing back after settling a day earlier at their lowest level since December. The U.S. and China made the first phase of their trade deal official on Wednesday and the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday, boosting prospects for U.S. energy demand. February West Texas Intermediate oil tacked on 71 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $58.52 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: Marketwatch

Hong Kong Stocks Finish with Gains (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed Thursday on a positive note, having fluctuated through the day after China and the United States finally signed their trade deal, with investors poring over the details. The Hang Seng index added 0.38 percent, or 109.45 points, to close at 28,883.04. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.52 percent, or 15.96 points, to 3,074.08 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.15 percent, or 2.64 points, to...

Dollar Calm; Focus on Emerging Central Banks

The U.S. dollar is largely unchanged in European trade early Thursday, as a degree of calm prevails following the signing of the Sino-U.S. trade deal. At 03:25 ET (08:25 GMT), the euro traded at $1.1155, up 0.1%, while sterling stood at $1.3046, up 0.1%. The dollar traded at 110.05 yen, up 0.1%. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of developed market currencies, was down 0.1% at 96.910. That signing of the much-anticipated phase one trade agreement between the U.S....

ECB Keeps Policy, Rate Guidance Unchanged
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 19:01 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY | ECB

The European Central Bank kept its policy unchanged as expected on Wednesday, maintaining interest rates at record lows and keeping its guidance for steady interest rates this year despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

With the economy and inflation both slowing, the ECB has already backtracked on its plans to tighten policy this year, unveiling instead even more stimulus to prop up an export-focused economy now struggling amid a global slowdown in trade.

But having unveiled fresh measures just last month, the ECB can afford to wait before contemplating any further steps, keeping its last remaining policy powder dry in case the growth downturn becomes more severe than now feared.

"The Governing Council now expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels at least through the end of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary," the ECB said in a statement, reaffirming its interest rate guidance.

While this policy is out of sync with market expectations, which put the first hike in 2021, policymakers have dismissed the significance of the disconnect, arguing that economic conditions would impact the eventual move and market prices simply reflect the changing outlook.

Attention now turns to ECB President Mario Draghi's 1230 GMT news conference, at which he is likely to say that risks to growth remain on the downside and the bank remains ready to act with all available instruments.

Investors will also look to see if Draghi elaborates on his recent comments that the ECB would study whether negative rates are starting to have unintended side effects.

With Wednesday's decision, the ECB's rate on bank overnight deposits, which is currently its primary interest rate tool, remains at -0.40 percent.

The main refinancing rate, which determines the cost of credit in the economy, remained unchanged at 0.00 percent while the rate on the marginal lending facility -- the emergency overnight borrowing rate for banks -- remains at 0.25 percent.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold prices finish lower as some upbeat economic data dull haven demand

Gold futures gave up earlier gains to finish lower on Thursday, as some upbeat U.S. economic data dulled haven demand for the precious metal. Prices also declined on the back of further gains in U.S. benchmark stock indexes, which followed the completion Wednesday of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China and the Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Thursday. Gold for February delivery on Comex declined by $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,550.50 an...

Gold Prices Aim for Back-to-Back Gain as Dollar and Bond Yields Retreat

Gold futures on Thursday headed for their highest close in about a week, extending a climb from Wednesday following the completion of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China. Gold for February delivery on Comex edged up $3.30, or 0.2%, at $1,556.80 an ounce, after the metal settled 0.6% higher a day ago. Gold is on pace for its best gain since Jan. 10, according to FactSet data. March silver, meanwhile, picked up 4 cents, or 0.2%, at $18.025 an ounce, after gold™s sister...

Oil futures end higher as U.S. trade deals raise expectations for energy demand

Oil futures ended higher on Thursday, with prices bouncing back after settling a day earlier at their lowest level since December. The U.S. and China made the first phase of their trade deal official on Wednesday and the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday, boosting prospects for U.S. energy demand. February West Texas Intermediate oil tacked on 71 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $58.52 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: Marketwatch

Hong Kong Stocks Finish with Gains (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed Thursday on a positive note, having fluctuated through the day after China and the United States finally signed their trade deal, with investors poring over the details. The Hang Seng index added 0.38 percent, or 109.45 points, to close at 28,883.04. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.52 percent, or 15.96 points, to 3,074.08 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.15 percent, or 2.64 points, to...

Dollar Calm; Focus on Emerging Central Banks

The U.S. dollar is largely unchanged in European trade early Thursday, as a degree of calm prevails following the signing of the Sino-U.S. trade deal. At 03:25 ET (08:25 GMT), the euro traded at $1.1155, up 0.1%, while sterling stood at $1.3046, up 0.1%. The dollar traded at 110.05 yen, up 0.1%. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of developed market currencies, was down 0.1% at 96.910. That signing of the much-anticipated phase one trade agreement between the U.S....

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