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Gold prices settle at nearly two-week peak

Gold futures edged higher on Monday, settling at their highest in almost two weeks as prices extended recent gains scored on the back of expectations for a U.S. Federal Reserve interest-rate cut at the end of the month. Gold for August delivery on Comex added $1.30, or about 0.1%, to settle at $1,413.50 an ounce. That™s the highest most-active contract settlement since July 3, which saw a finish at $1,420.90”the highest since May 2013, FactSet data show. September silver also rose 12.9...

Gold steadies on mixed Chinese data, higher equities curb gains

Gold steadied on Monday after data showed Chinese economic growth slowed to its weakest in about 27 years, while gains in equities curbed appetite for bullion as investors latched onto some positive readings from the world's second-biggest economy. China's second-quarter annual GDP growth fell to a 27-year low of 6.2% as expected, but its quarterly growth reading of 1.6% beat forecasts. June reports on industrial production, retail sales and urban investment were above expectations. Spot...

Oil Holds Advance After Storm Barry Disrupts U.S. Production

Oil prices carried over a bullish tone from last week after Tropical Storm Barry shut down almost three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico production over the weekend. Futures in New York were up slightly, after gaining 4.7% last week. Barry weakened to a tropical depression Sunday, with some producers preparing to re-staff their offshore platforms. As of Sunday, Barry caused nearly 73% of crude oil production in the gulf to shut, up from 70% the day before, the Bureau of Safety...

Wall St. Leans Neutral/Sideways On Gold Prices, Main St. Bullish

Wall Street traders and analysts are undecided or else look for gold prices to be sideways this week, while Main Street remained bullish, according to the weekly Kitco News gold survey. The largest block of Wall Street voters were in the neutral/sideways camp, while the rest were nearly evenly split between bulls and bears. This was the first time Wall Street was not bullish since May 10, when the professionals were also neutral. Sixteen market professionals took part in the Wall Street...

Hong Kong shares end higher on upbeat China data (Review)

Hong Kong shares rose on Monday after China's upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilisation in the world's second-largest economy, and as China's second-quarter economic growth met expectations. At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up 83.26 points, or 0.29%, at 28,554.88. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index rose 0.47% to 10,838.99. The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares rose 0.1%, while the IT sector gained 1.37%, the financial sector...

BOJ Stands Pat as Fed and ECB Signal Possible Rate Cuts Ahead
Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:19 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Ekonomi JepangBank of JapanBOJ

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged Thursday, just hours after the Federal Reserve became the latest central bank to signal a willingness to cut interest rates in the face of rising threats to economic growth.

The BOJ maintained its interest rates and asset purchases, it said in a statement. All 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted no change.

Governor Haruhiko Kuroda™s views on the economic outlook and the possibility of additional stimulus will be in focus when he holds a news conference at 3:30 p.m. He is likely to reaffirm his willingness to add stimulus, something he has repeatedly pledged to do if momentum toward the BOJ™s 2% inflation target is threatened.

For the first time in more than two years, a majority of economists now predict the BOJ™s next policy move will be to increase stimulus, and some see action as early as next month. Those expectations will be reinforced after both the Fed and European Central Bank this week indicated a readiness to shift to more accommodative policy.

Fed rate cuts, seen as increasingly likely, are expected to force the BOJ™s hand by pushing the yen to what it would consider an uncomfortably strong level.

In fact, in weighing its options the BOJ will primarily focus on Fed policy and its impact on the yen, Yasunari Ueno, chief market economist at Mizuho Securities Co., said before today™s decision. Ueno was among six analysts to recently predict the BOJ would increase stimulus next month.

A stronger yen would hamper the BOJ™s efforts to hit 2% inflation. Core inflation, to be released Friday, is expected to have fallen in May to 0.7% and is forecast to drop further in coming months.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold prices settle at nearly two-week peak

Gold futures edged higher on Monday, settling at their highest in almost two weeks as prices extended recent gains scored on the back of expectations for a U.S. Federal Reserve interest-rate cut at the end of the month. Gold for August delivery on Comex added $1.30, or about 0.1%, to settle at $1,413.50 an ounce. That™s the highest most-active contract settlement since July 3, which saw a finish at $1,420.90”the highest since May 2013, FactSet data show. September silver also rose 12.9...

Gold steadies on mixed Chinese data, higher equities curb gains

Gold steadied on Monday after data showed Chinese economic growth slowed to its weakest in about 27 years, while gains in equities curbed appetite for bullion as investors latched onto some positive readings from the world's second-biggest economy. China's second-quarter annual GDP growth fell to a 27-year low of 6.2% as expected, but its quarterly growth reading of 1.6% beat forecasts. June reports on industrial production, retail sales and urban investment were above expectations. Spot...

Oil Holds Advance After Storm Barry Disrupts U.S. Production

Oil prices carried over a bullish tone from last week after Tropical Storm Barry shut down almost three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico production over the weekend. Futures in New York were up slightly, after gaining 4.7% last week. Barry weakened to a tropical depression Sunday, with some producers preparing to re-staff their offshore platforms. As of Sunday, Barry caused nearly 73% of crude oil production in the gulf to shut, up from 70% the day before, the Bureau of Safety...

Wall St. Leans Neutral/Sideways On Gold Prices, Main St. Bullish

Wall Street traders and analysts are undecided or else look for gold prices to be sideways this week, while Main Street remained bullish, according to the weekly Kitco News gold survey. The largest block of Wall Street voters were in the neutral/sideways camp, while the rest were nearly evenly split between bulls and bears. This was the first time Wall Street was not bullish since May 10, when the professionals were also neutral. Sixteen market professionals took part in the Wall Street...

Hong Kong shares end higher on upbeat China data (Review)

Hong Kong shares rose on Monday after China's upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilisation in the world's second-largest economy, and as China's second-quarter economic growth met expectations. At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up 83.26 points, or 0.29%, at 28,554.88. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index rose 0.47% to 10,838.99. The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares rose 0.1%, while the IT sector gained 1.37%, the financial sector...

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