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Gold Hits 3-Week High, on Course to Reclaiming $1,600 Perch

The fear factor across markets is like manna from heaven for gold bugs. Both bullion and futures of the yellow metal breached the key $1,580 per ounce resistance on Monday before consolidating gains, although analysts said the $1,600 target seemed well within the market™s reach. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled up $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,577.40 per ounce. It earlier reached $1,588.10, a peak since Jan. 8. Spot gold, which tracks live trades in bullion, was up...

Gold Snaps 4-Day Rise as Markets Take Breather From Virus

Gold snapped a four-day rally on Tuesday as investors returned to give life to stocks and other risk assets crushed in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. But the yellow metal™s retreat was, nevertheless, modest as markets awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve™s monthly policy meeting and what that could mean for U.S. rates. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled down $7.60, or 0.5%, at $1,569.80 per ounce. It reached a three-week high of $1,588.10 on...

Gold Jumps as Investors Seek a Haven Amid Growing Virus Fears

Spot gold jumped as much as 1.1% to $1,588.68/oz as investors sought a haven amid growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus around the world. Trades 0.7% higher at $1,582.96 at 7:54am in Singapore; rose 0.9% last week. Stock futures and crude oil tumble as investors are spooked by the impact of the virus; Treasury futures climb. Source : Bloomberg

Oil Tumbles on Virus Fear While Saudis See 'Very Limited' Impact

Oil tumbled as the market opened in Asia on fears China's deadly coronavirus will crimp energy demand, prompting Saudi Arabia to say it was closely monitoring the situation. Futures in London and New York plunged more than 3% in early trading as the death toll from the outbreak in China rose and as officials extended the Lunar New Year holiday to help stem the spread of the outbreak. While Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted last week that global oil demand may take a hit, Saudi...

Gold showcases haven credentials as Equities sink on Virus Fears

Gold is once again showcasing its long-standing reputation as an effective haven in troubled times, trading near the highest close in more than six years amid rising concern over the economic and human impact of China's deadly coronavirus. Prices steadied after surging Monday as investors weighed the fallout from the spread of the disease, with Germany reportedly seeing its first case. The virus has killed at least 80, and infected more than 2,700. China's markets...

RBA Monitoring Job Market Closely, to Adjust Rates If Needed
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 08:53 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBAEkonomi Australia

Australia's central bank is focused on the jobs market and said it will adjust policy if needed to support economic growth and keep inflation on track to return to target.

In minutes of its July 2 meeting, when it cut interest rates for a second month to a record-low 1%, the Reserve Bank noted wages growth remained low overall and œspare capacity was likely to remain in the labor market for some time.

The easing would œpromote stronger overall economic conditions, it said Tuesday. œThe extent of spare capacity in the economy, and the likely pace at which it would be absorbed, meant that a decline in interest rates was unlikely to encourage and unwelcome material pick-up in borrowing by households. 

Governor Philip Lowe executed the first back-to-back rate cuts in seven years in June-July, citing the bank's estimate that unemployment could fall to about 4.5% before triggering faster inflation. He had kept the cash rate on hold for almost three years prior in an effort to deflate a property bubble and discourage heavily-indebted households taking on more leverage.

While the RBA has conceded rate cuts at this level show diminishing returns, it expects the two reductions to lower the currency's level and free up cash for consumers and firms. Yet the former is in increasing doubt as major central banks from Washington to Tokyo to Brussels are also now easing, and not everyone can have a weaker exchange rate.

Board members noted œthe significant change in the expected path of monetary policy around the world, particularly in the U.S., the minutes said.

While the RBA is looking to push down unemployment from the current 5.2% level, it also acknowledged that forward-looking indicators suggest employment growth œwould moderate over coming months. While Australia has enjoyed a jobs boom in the past two years, it has been absorbed by a higher participation rate rather than a lower unemployment rate.

The RBA noted the jobless rates in major advanced economies were at œhistorically low levels and yet this had failed to translate into faster inflation, as Australia is also finding.

The bank reiterated in its concluding paragraph: œthe board would continue to monitor developments in the labor market closely and adjust monetary policy if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy and the achievement of the inflation target over time.

Growth slowed in recent quarters under as households reined in spending in response to falling property prices. These have begun to stabilize and the RBA's bullish case is that a combination of this, interest-rate and tax cuts, infrastructure expansion and renewed resource investment will revive the economy.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Hits 3-Week High, on Course to Reclaiming $1,600 Perch

The fear factor across markets is like manna from heaven for gold bugs. Both bullion and futures of the yellow metal breached the key $1,580 per ounce resistance on Monday before consolidating gains, although analysts said the $1,600 target seemed well within the market™s reach. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled up $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,577.40 per ounce. It earlier reached $1,588.10, a peak since Jan. 8. Spot gold, which tracks live trades in bullion, was up...

Gold Snaps 4-Day Rise as Markets Take Breather From Virus

Gold snapped a four-day rally on Tuesday as investors returned to give life to stocks and other risk assets crushed in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. But the yellow metal™s retreat was, nevertheless, modest as markets awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve™s monthly policy meeting and what that could mean for U.S. rates. Gold futures for February delivery on New York™s COMEX settled down $7.60, or 0.5%, at $1,569.80 per ounce. It reached a three-week high of $1,588.10 on...

Gold Jumps as Investors Seek a Haven Amid Growing Virus Fears

Spot gold jumped as much as 1.1% to $1,588.68/oz as investors sought a haven amid growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus around the world. Trades 0.7% higher at $1,582.96 at 7:54am in Singapore; rose 0.9% last week. Stock futures and crude oil tumble as investors are spooked by the impact of the virus; Treasury futures climb. Source : Bloomberg

Oil Tumbles on Virus Fear While Saudis See 'Very Limited' Impact

Oil tumbled as the market opened in Asia on fears China's deadly coronavirus will crimp energy demand, prompting Saudi Arabia to say it was closely monitoring the situation. Futures in London and New York plunged more than 3% in early trading as the death toll from the outbreak in China rose and as officials extended the Lunar New Year holiday to help stem the spread of the outbreak. While Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted last week that global oil demand may take a hit, Saudi...

Gold showcases haven credentials as Equities sink on Virus Fears

Gold is once again showcasing its long-standing reputation as an effective haven in troubled times, trading near the highest close in more than six years amid rising concern over the economic and human impact of China's deadly coronavirus. Prices steadied after surging Monday as investors weighed the fallout from the spread of the disease, with Germany reportedly seeing its first case. The virus has killed at least 80, and infected more than 2,700. China's markets...

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