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Gold futures post a nearly 4% weekly gain

Gold futures rallied on Friday, posting a gain of 3.9% for the week and logging their highest most-active contract settlement since February 2013. "Gold has broken out of its historical shackles as a niche asset... and is on its way to much higher levels," said Peter Grosskopf, chief executive officer at Sprott, in emailed commentary. April gold rose $28.30, or nearly 1.8%, to settle at $1,648.80 an ounce. The weekly percentage climb was the largest since June, according to FactSet...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Lower on Virus Worries (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday as the rising toll from the deadly coronavirus outside China fanned fears the epidemic's impact on earnings and economic growth could be worse than anticipated. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.1 percent, or 300.35 points, to 27,308.81. Mainland China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.3 percent, or 9.52 points, to 3,039.67. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was up 1.1 percent, or 21.21 points,...

Stocks end lower, post weekly loss, as coronavirus spread fans fears of global slowdown

Stocks ended broadly lower Friday, leaving major indexes with weekly losses. Analysts tied weakness to worries about the spread of COVID-19 outside China and the potential impact on global economic growth and supply chains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell around 227 points, or 0.8%, to end near 28,993, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 lost around 36 points, or 1.1%, to finish near 3,338. The Nasdaq Composite dropped around 174 points, or 1.8%, ending near...

Pompeo Meets with New Oman Leader

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Oman Friday for a meeting with the country's new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. Pompeo will also pay homage to relatives of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died in January. Oman has close ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia, where Pompeo departed from earlier Friday after a three-day visit. Pompeo and Saudi King Salman discussed regional security issues presented by Iran Thursday in Riyadh. Pompeo also met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

Oil futures finish lower for the session, but gain for the week

Oil futures fell on Friday, pressured by the possibility of a breakdown in the oil alliance between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as the market continues to worry that the spread of COVID-19 will slow energy demand. Saudi Arabia is weighing a break in its alliance with Russia and holding talks with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a cut of as much as 300,000 barrels a day, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, however, told...

Australia Cuts Key Rate to Record Low, Ending Near 3-Year Pause
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 11:56 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |AUD,

Australia cut interest rates for the first time in almost three years to guard against a darkening global backdrop and attempt to revive slowing inflation and economic growth at home.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe made his first adjustment to the cash rate since taking the helm in September 2016, cutting by a quarter-point to 1.25% Tuesday as expected by money markets and economists. They also see the central bank following up with another cut within three months.

œToday's decision to lower the cash rate will help make further inroads into the spare capacity in the economy, Lowe said in his post-meeting statement. œIt will assist with faster progress in reducing unemployment and achieve more assured progress towards the inflation target. The governor didn't provide any new forward guidance.

Lowe™s cut comes against the backdrop of an intensifying trade disputebetween the world™s economic superpowers and signs of weakness emerging in Australia™s previously roaring jobs market. The economy slowed in recent quarters as tumbling property prices -- led by a 15% fall in Sydney -- left households feeling poorer and weighed on consumer spending.

œThe main domestic uncertainty continues to be the outlook for household consumption, which is being affected by a protracted period of low income growth and declining housing prices, Lowe said. œSome pick-up in growth in household disposable income is expected and this should support consumption.

The Australian dollar rose, buying 69.92 U.S. cents at 2:35 p.m. in Sydney compared with 69.75 cents before the decision.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold futures post a nearly 4% weekly gain

Gold futures rallied on Friday, posting a gain of 3.9% for the week and logging their highest most-active contract settlement since February 2013. "Gold has broken out of its historical shackles as a niche asset... and is on its way to much higher levels," said Peter Grosskopf, chief executive officer at Sprott, in emailed commentary. April gold rose $28.30, or nearly 1.8%, to settle at $1,648.80 an ounce. The weekly percentage climb was the largest since June, according to FactSet...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Lower on Virus Worries (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday as the rising toll from the deadly coronavirus outside China fanned fears the epidemic's impact on earnings and economic growth could be worse than anticipated. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.1 percent, or 300.35 points, to 27,308.81. Mainland China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.3 percent, or 9.52 points, to 3,039.67. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was up 1.1 percent, or 21.21 points,...

Stocks end lower, post weekly loss, as coronavirus spread fans fears of global slowdown

Stocks ended broadly lower Friday, leaving major indexes with weekly losses. Analysts tied weakness to worries about the spread of COVID-19 outside China and the potential impact on global economic growth and supply chains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell around 227 points, or 0.8%, to end near 28,993, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 lost around 36 points, or 1.1%, to finish near 3,338. The Nasdaq Composite dropped around 174 points, or 1.8%, ending near...

Pompeo Meets with New Oman Leader

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Oman Friday for a meeting with the country's new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. Pompeo will also pay homage to relatives of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died in January. Oman has close ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia, where Pompeo departed from earlier Friday after a three-day visit. Pompeo and Saudi King Salman discussed regional security issues presented by Iran Thursday in Riyadh. Pompeo also met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

Oil futures finish lower for the session, but gain for the week

Oil futures fell on Friday, pressured by the possibility of a breakdown in the oil alliance between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as the market continues to worry that the spread of COVID-19 will slow energy demand. Saudi Arabia is weighing a break in its alliance with Russia and holding talks with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a cut of as much as 300,000 barrels a day, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, however, told...

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