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Dow's Rise Toward Record High Capped by Roughly 85-Point Drag From Boeing's Stock

U.S. stock benchmarks edged higher Monday, amid optimism over tariff talks and better-than-expected corporate earnings, but a decline in shares of Boeing was capping gains in the blue-chip Dow index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 20 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 26,790. Boeing Co.™s stock extended its decline to a two-month low, down 3.6%, following a report on Friday that said the company may have misled federal aviation authorities about the safety of the 737 Max jet. The...

Silver Prices Finish Higher as Gold Posts Back-to-Back Declines

Silver futures finished higher on Monday, taking advantage of a rise in appetite for riskier assets while gold posted back-to-back declines as traders kept watch on Britain™s circuitous effort to leave the European Union and awaited developments in the U.S.-China trade fight. December silver rose 2.4 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $17.602 an ounce after trading as high as $17.895 during the session. Gold for December delivery on Comex meanwhile, ended $6, or 0.4%, lower at $1,488.10 an...

Gold Holds Tight Range Ahead of Key Brexit Vote, Focus on Fed

Gold steadied in a tight range on Tuesday as investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of a crucial Brexit vote, while focus shifted to the U.S. Federal Reserve™s stance on interest rate cuts. Spot gold was steady at $1,484.60 per ounce. U.S. gold futures settled mostly unchanged at $1,487.5. œEverything is really quiet. The biggest factor, with the Fed looming and Brexit on the horizon, in the U.S. is really company earnings right now, said Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S....

Silver prices rally 1.6% -- leaving gold in the dust

Silver futures rallied Monday, taking advantage of a rise in appetite for riskier assets while gold edged slightly higher as traders kept watch on Britain's circuitous effort to leave the European Union and awaited developments in the U.S.-China trade fight. December silver jumped 28 cents, or 1.6%, to $17.850 an ounce. Gold for December delivery on Comex meanwhile, traded $3.90, or 0.3%, higher at $1,498 an ounce. In other metals trade, January platinum was up 0.4% at $899.70 an ounce,...

Oil Futures End Near a 2-Week Low as Investors Fret About Crude Demand

Oil futures settled at a nearly two-week low Monday, as investors failed to shake worries that growing signs of economic weakness will eventually hurt demand for crude oil. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery fell 47 cents, or 0.9%, to end at $53.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after the U.S. benchmark contract posted a 1.7% weekly decline. The November contract, expires at Tuesday™s settlement. Global benchmark Brent crude for December lost 46 cents, or...

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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Dow's Rise Toward Record High Capped by Roughly 85-Point Drag From Boeing's Stock

U.S. stock benchmarks edged higher Monday, amid optimism over tariff talks and better-than-expected corporate earnings, but a decline in shares of Boeing was capping gains in the blue-chip Dow index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 20 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 26,790. Boeing Co.™s stock extended its decline to a two-month low, down 3.6%, following a report on Friday that said the company may have misled federal aviation authorities about the safety of the 737 Max jet. The...

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Silver futures finished higher on Monday, taking advantage of a rise in appetite for riskier assets while gold posted back-to-back declines as traders kept watch on Britain™s circuitous effort to leave the European Union and awaited developments in the U.S.-China trade fight. December silver rose 2.4 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $17.602 an ounce after trading as high as $17.895 during the session. Gold for December delivery on Comex meanwhile, ended $6, or 0.4%, lower at $1,488.10 an...

Gold Holds Tight Range Ahead of Key Brexit Vote, Focus on Fed

Gold steadied in a tight range on Tuesday as investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of a crucial Brexit vote, while focus shifted to the U.S. Federal Reserve™s stance on interest rate cuts. Spot gold was steady at $1,484.60 per ounce. U.S. gold futures settled mostly unchanged at $1,487.5. œEverything is really quiet. The biggest factor, with the Fed looming and Brexit on the horizon, in the U.S. is really company earnings right now, said Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S....

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