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Gold prices rise on weaker dollar as traders weigh progress on U.S.-China trade

Gold prices climbed Friday, buoyed by weakness in the dollar and a fall in bond yields, as traders struggled to sort out news that China has agreed to the text of a phase one trade deal with United States. Against that backdrop, February gold rose $3.70, or 0.3%, at $1,476 an ounce, set to more than recover its loss from Thursday. March silver meanwhile, shed 1.9 cents, or 0.1%, to $16.93 an ounce, after four consecutive sessions of gains. Among other metals on Comex, March copper fell 0.5%...

Hong Kong Stocks Soar on Trade Deal Reports (Review)

Hong Kong stocks jumped more than two percent Friday after reports said China and the US had finally reached a partial trade agreement that will see Washington cancel tariffs due to be imposed at the weekend. The Hang Seng index soared 2.57 percent, or 693.62 points, to 27,687.76. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 1.78 percent, or 51.98 points, to 2,967.68 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rallied 1.48 percent, or 24.22 points, to...

Stock market books tepid gains to end the week as market weighs merits of limited China trade-deal

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite finished the week at records Friday but enthusiasm over an announced China-U.S. partial trade deal, which had sparked buying Thursday, faded as investors weighed aspects of the so-called phase-one pact. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up about 0.01% at 28,135, missing a record close at 28,164, while the S&P 500 index advanced less than 0.01% to 3,169, enough for a fresh all time high. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.2% to end at...

Dow, S&P 500 decline after U.S., China announce trade deal with modest tariff reduction

U.S. stocks traded mostly lower Friday, giving back early gains, after President Trump and Chinese officials announced a trade deal that includes a reduction of tariffs and promises by China to buy more U.S. goods. Meanwhile, a decisive victory for Conservatives in Thursday™s U.K. election that reduces policy uncertainty and clears a path for Brexit also boosted investor sentiment for a while. The Dow Jones Industrial Average  fell 44 points, 0.2%, to 28,087, while the S&P 500...

U.S. oil futures settle above $60 for first time since mid-September

Oil futures settled higher on Friday, with U.S. prices above $60 a barrel for the first time since mid-September. Traders digested news of a preliminary phase one U.S.-China trade deal that helped ease worries about the outlook for energy demand. The question of whether U.S. benchmark crude-oil futures can "break above multi-month resistance in the low $60s will depend on U.S.-China trade relations; a favorable deal with material tariff reductions will be supportive of a move higher in oil,...

Bank of England leaves policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with unanimous vote as expected
Thursday, 2 May 2019 18:26 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |ekonomiBOE

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with a unanimous vote. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. Below are some key takeaways from the monetary policy statement.

"Policymakers vote 9-0 to maintain corporate bond purchase target at 10 billion sterling."

"Q1 GDP likely boosted by stock-building, underlying growth "slightly stronger" than expected in February."

"Sees inflation increasingly above target at end of forecast horizon, economy running above capacity."

"Gradual and limited interest rate rises needed to meet inflation target over forecast period."

"Overall slack in economy is 0.25% of GDP, sees zero slack in 1 year's time, excess demand of 1% of GDP in 3 years' time."

"Energy price cap to push inflation above target in April, sterling strength and energy base effects to push CPI below target around 1-year horizon."

"Cost of waiting for more information on inflation pressure relatively low, pay growth levelling off."

"Policy response to Brexit not automatic, could be in either direction."

"Two thirds of firms surveyed say ready for a "no deal, no transition" Brexit, but still expect fall in output and jobs."

"Economic outlook will depend significantly on Brexit, BoE forecasts continue to assume smooth transition."

BOE Interest Rate Decision is announced by the Bank of England. If the BoE is hawkish about the inflationary outlook of the economy and raises the interest rates it is positive, or bullish, for the GBP. Likewise, if the BoE has a dovish view on the UK economy and keeps the ongoing interest rate, or cuts the interest rate it is seen as negative, or bearish.

Source : FXstreet

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Gold prices rise on weaker dollar as traders weigh progress on U.S.-China trade

Gold prices climbed Friday, buoyed by weakness in the dollar and a fall in bond yields, as traders struggled to sort out news that China has agreed to the text of a phase one trade deal with United States. Against that backdrop, February gold rose $3.70, or 0.3%, at $1,476 an ounce, set to more than recover its loss from Thursday. March silver meanwhile, shed 1.9 cents, or 0.1%, to $16.93 an ounce, after four consecutive sessions of gains. Among other metals on Comex, March copper fell 0.5%...

Hong Kong Stocks Soar on Trade Deal Reports (Review)

Hong Kong stocks jumped more than two percent Friday after reports said China and the US had finally reached a partial trade agreement that will see Washington cancel tariffs due to be imposed at the weekend. The Hang Seng index soared 2.57 percent, or 693.62 points, to 27,687.76. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 1.78 percent, or 51.98 points, to 2,967.68 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rallied 1.48 percent, or 24.22 points, to...

Stock market books tepid gains to end the week as market weighs merits of limited China trade-deal

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite finished the week at records Friday but enthusiasm over an announced China-U.S. partial trade deal, which had sparked buying Thursday, faded as investors weighed aspects of the so-called phase-one pact. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up about 0.01% at 28,135, missing a record close at 28,164, while the S&P 500 index advanced less than 0.01% to 3,169, enough for a fresh all time high. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.2% to end at...

Dow, S&P 500 decline after U.S., China announce trade deal with modest tariff reduction

U.S. stocks traded mostly lower Friday, giving back early gains, after President Trump and Chinese officials announced a trade deal that includes a reduction of tariffs and promises by China to buy more U.S. goods. Meanwhile, a decisive victory for Conservatives in Thursday™s U.K. election that reduces policy uncertainty and clears a path for Brexit also boosted investor sentiment for a while. The Dow Jones Industrial Average  fell 44 points, 0.2%, to 28,087, while the S&P 500...

U.S. oil futures settle above $60 for first time since mid-September

Oil futures settled higher on Friday, with U.S. prices above $60 a barrel for the first time since mid-September. Traders digested news of a preliminary phase one U.S.-China trade deal that helped ease worries about the outlook for energy demand. The question of whether U.S. benchmark crude-oil futures can "break above multi-month resistance in the low $60s will depend on U.S.-China trade relations; a favorable deal with material tariff reductions will be supportive of a move higher in oil,...

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