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Gold Settles at a More Than a 1-Week High as Historic Oil Outage Rattles investor Nerves

Gold futures finished solidly higher on Monday, at their highest price in just over a week, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil production sent oil values skyrocketing and investors turning to haven assets, including bonds and precious metals. December gold on Comex gained $12, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,511.50 an ounce, after registering on Friday a weekly decline of 1.1%. The settlement was the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 6, FactSet data show. Silver for December delivery...

Gold Notches Second Straight Gain, Adds to Climb Toward 1-Week High

Gold futures on Tuesday marked a second gain in a row, extending a climb to the highest price in about a week. Traders continued to monitor developments tied to the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil-infrastructure as they shifted focus to the Federal Reserve decision Wednesday on interest rates. December gold on Comex tacked on $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,513.40 an ounce, after a 0.8% gain on Monday. Prices for the most-active contract marked their highest settlement since Sept. 6 for a...

Oil Rallies 15%, With U.S. Prices Settling at Their Highest in 4 Months

Oil futures rallied Monday, as a weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities cut the kingdom's daily crude production down by more than half, sparking concerns of a potentially prolonged supply shortage. The news sparked talk of $100 oil prices, but that scenario "would only occur if there is an all-out war between Saudi Arabia and Iran," said Jay Hatfield, portfolio manager of the Infracap MLP exchange-traded fund. "If production is restored and there is no escalation of tensions, we would expect...

U.S. Stocks End Modestly Higher Ahead Of Fed Decision

U.S. stocks finished with modest gains Tuesday, a day ahead of the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that's expected to deliver a rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 31 points, or 0.1%, to end near 27,108, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 gained around 8 points, or 0.3%, to close near 3,006. The Nasdaq Composite finished near 8,186, a gain of around 32 points, or 0.4%. Stocks bounced back from modest losses seen a day earlier when oil prices...

Oil's Dramatic Advance Pauses as Market Awaits Saudi Clarity

Oil's record-breaking advance paused on Tuesday as the market awaited clarity on how long it'll take Saudi Arabia to restore output that was cut in half by the devastating attacks on its production facilities. It was a subdued start to trading after the fireworks on Monday, when Brent crude rose the most on record and U.S. futures jumped more than 15%. All eyes are on how fast the kingdom can recover from the strike, which knocked out about 5% of global supply....

ECB Strengthens Stimulus to Boost Euro Area Amid Inflation Slump
Thursday, 6 June 2019 19:15 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY | ECBMoneterMonetary

The European Central Bank stepped up support for the euro-area economy by extending its pledge to keep interest rates at record lows, while also reaching agreement on how to infuse lenders with more cheap cash.

The Governing Council, which met in Vilnius, now expects borrowing costs to stay on hold at least through the first half of 2020, or six months longer than previously. The cost of long-term bank loans can fall as low as the deposit rate, currently minus 0.4%, plus 0.1 percentage point.

The euro was trading 0.4% higher at $1.1260 at 1:54 p.m. Frankfurt time. German bond yields rose.

The ECB™s move echoes dovish turns by central banks elsewhere as the global economy is buffeted by trade tensions. Australia cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years, the U.S. Federal Reserve has signaled an openness to easing if necessary, and the Bank of Japan might add stimulus. India reduced its key rate on Thursday and changed its stance to accommodative.

President Mario Draghi will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Vilnius time to present updated economic forecasts and elaborate on the Governing Council™s discussions.

Policy makers also agreed on the terms for a new round of long-term loans to banks, which will be offered starting in September. The long-term loans to banks will initially be priced at the main refinancing rate plus 0.1 percentage point, but can fall lower if banks meet lending quotas, according to the statement.

The ECB™s actions might be the last salvo for Draghi, who retires in October. A decision on his successor has yet to emerge from haggling among European politicians.

Recent euro-zone economic data have been mixed, and in some cases signal the slowdown may be bottoming out. Figures on Thursday morning showed German factory orders rising for a second straight month in April, and euro-zone GDP was confirmed as being fairly robust in the first quarter, led by investment and household spending.

Still, inflation has weakened and market-based inflation expectations are at their lowest since 2016. Before Thursday™s meeting, investors were betting on a cut in the deposit rate next year, and some economists suggested QE could be restarted.

Source: Bloomberg

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Gold Settles at a More Than a 1-Week High as Historic Oil Outage Rattles investor Nerves

Gold futures finished solidly higher on Monday, at their highest price in just over a week, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil production sent oil values skyrocketing and investors turning to haven assets, including bonds and precious metals. December gold on Comex gained $12, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,511.50 an ounce, after registering on Friday a weekly decline of 1.1%. The settlement was the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 6, FactSet data show. Silver for December delivery...

Gold Notches Second Straight Gain, Adds to Climb Toward 1-Week High

Gold futures on Tuesday marked a second gain in a row, extending a climb to the highest price in about a week. Traders continued to monitor developments tied to the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil-infrastructure as they shifted focus to the Federal Reserve decision Wednesday on interest rates. December gold on Comex tacked on $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,513.40 an ounce, after a 0.8% gain on Monday. Prices for the most-active contract marked their highest settlement since Sept. 6 for a...

Oil Rallies 15%, With U.S. Prices Settling at Their Highest in 4 Months

Oil futures rallied Monday, as a weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities cut the kingdom's daily crude production down by more than half, sparking concerns of a potentially prolonged supply shortage. The news sparked talk of $100 oil prices, but that scenario "would only occur if there is an all-out war between Saudi Arabia and Iran," said Jay Hatfield, portfolio manager of the Infracap MLP exchange-traded fund. "If production is restored and there is no escalation of tensions, we would expect...

U.S. Stocks End Modestly Higher Ahead Of Fed Decision

U.S. stocks finished with modest gains Tuesday, a day ahead of the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that's expected to deliver a rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 31 points, or 0.1%, to end near 27,108, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 gained around 8 points, or 0.3%, to close near 3,006. The Nasdaq Composite finished near 8,186, a gain of around 32 points, or 0.4%. Stocks bounced back from modest losses seen a day earlier when oil prices...

Oil's Dramatic Advance Pauses as Market Awaits Saudi Clarity

Oil's record-breaking advance paused on Tuesday as the market awaited clarity on how long it'll take Saudi Arabia to restore output that was cut in half by the devastating attacks on its production facilities. It was a subdued start to trading after the fireworks on Monday, when Brent crude rose the most on record and U.S. futures jumped more than 15%. All eyes are on how fast the kingdom can recover from the strike, which knocked out about 5% of global supply....

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