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Gold prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold futures settle at a 14-month high

Gold futures climbed Tuesday to settle at their highest in 14 months, as comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi set the stage for lower interest rates, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision Wednesday. "We certainly don't think the Fed will cut [rates], although it is very likely to prepare the markets for a July trim," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. August gold rose $7.80, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,350.70 on Comex-the highest...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

Gold futures retreated on Monday, after a multiday rally as bullion, which has benefited from concerns about international trade clashes and a weakening global economy. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6%, to $1,337, after closing Friday action wit a weekly loss of 0.1% based on the most-active contract prices as of June 7, FactSet data show. Prices on Friday had climbed to as high as $1,362.20, the highest since April 2018. Some commodity strategists say the precious...

Oil extends last week's sharp retreat as demand worries sour sentiment

Crude oil futures prices fell Monday, with investors digesting worrisome demand updates issued last week and keeping tabs on typically price-supportive risks percolating in the Middle East. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell 58 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $51.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following two consecutive session gains. Meanwhile, August Brent crude dropped $1.07, or 1.7%, to $60.94 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe in Monday action....

Asia Stocks Capped Ahead of Fed, Oil on Defensive

Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve™s interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.05%. Australian stocks added 0.1% while Japan™s Nikkei dipped 0.05%. The Fed, facing fresh demands by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut interest rates, begins a two-day meeting later on...

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 prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold futures settle at a 14-month high

Gold futures climbed Tuesday to settle at their highest in 14 months, as comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi set the stage for lower interest rates, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision Wednesday. "We certainly don't think the Fed will cut [rates], although it is very likely to prepare the markets for a July trim," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. August gold rose $7.80, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,350.70 on Comex-the highest...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

Gold futures retreated on Monday, after a multiday rally as bullion, which has benefited from concerns about international trade clashes and a weakening global economy. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6%, to $1,337, after closing Friday action wit a weekly loss of 0.1% based on the most-active contract prices as of June 7, FactSet data show. Prices on Friday had climbed to as high as $1,362.20, the highest since April 2018. Some commodity strategists say the precious...

Oil extends last week's sharp retreat as demand worries sour sentiment

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Asia Stocks Capped Ahead of Fed, Oil on Defensive

Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve™s interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.05%. Australian stocks added 0.1% while Japan™s Nikkei dipped 0.05%. The Fed, facing fresh demands by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut interest rates, begins a two-day meeting later on...

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