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Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments

Gold declined for a second day as investors favored riskier assets and weighed President Donald Trump™s comments on trade talks with China. Stocks in Asia gained along with U.S. futures Monday, while Treasury yieldscontinued to recover from multi-year lows reached last week, when an inversion in the yield curve sparked recession worries. Trump said the U.S. is œdoing very well with China, and talking! but suggested he wasn™t ready to sign a trade deal, hours...

Oil Holds Gains After Drone Attack Fails to Disrupt Saudi Output

Crude held gains after a drone attack on oil and gas facilities in Saudi Arabia underscored geopolitical risk in the Middle East and as investors assess signs of progress in trade negotiations with China. Futures on Monday were little changed after climbing 0.7% on Friday. Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said oil operations weren™t interrupted after a small fire was extinguished at a natural gas liquids plant at the at the Shaybah field. President Donald Trump said in a...

Gold prices dip as equities gain, dollar strengthens

Gold prices slipped on Monday due to a stronger U.S. dollar and a recovery in equities, as hints of more stimulus from major central banks around the world eased concerns about a recession. Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,505.98 per ounce at 07:59 GMT. U.S. gold futures also fell 0.5% to $1,516.80 an ounce. The dollar index, against a basket of six major currencies, hovered near a two-week high reached on Friday, making greenback-denominated gold costlier for investors holding other...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher Following Wall St Climb

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday, tracking rallies on Wall Street with all eyes on key events this week including a major speech by the US Federal Reserve chief. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.90 percent, or 182.81 points, at 20,601.62 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.68 percent, or 10.17 points, to 1,495.46. Source : AFP

Gold slips 1% as equities, US Treasury yields rise

Gold shed 1% on Monday as a recovery in share markets and rising U.S. Treasury yields reduced some of the metal's safe-haven appeal, prompting investors to book profits. Spot gold was down 1.06% at $1,497.85 per ounce. U.S. gold futures slipped 1% to $1,508.1. Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields gained on Monday, moving further away from record lows after the closely-watched U.S. yield curve between two- and 10-year bonds inverted for the first time since 2007 on Wednesday. Equity markets around...

ECB signals its ready to cut rates; opens door to renewed QE measures
Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:43 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Bank Sentral Eropa ECBMario Draghi

The European Central Bank on Thursday made clear it stands ready to cut rates and deliver "highly accommodative" monetary policy, including additional asset purchases, in its effort to push stubbornly low inflation back toward its target amid signs of deteriorating economic conditions in the eurozone.

However, investors appeared to take the statement and subsequent remarks by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi with a grain of salt, lamenting a lack of clear-cut details of policy plans. The euro initially dived following the statement, while European bonds rallied, pushing down yields. Those moves were reversed during Draghi's news conference.

œPolicy makers have clearly not yet made up their mind on exactly what to do, said Jack Allen-Reynolds, economist at Capital Economics, in a note. œWe still think that they will cut the deposit rate to -0.5% in September [from -0.4%]. But by October, we suspect that they will have reached a consensus to relaunch QE, probably with a greater weight on corporate bonds.

QE stands for quantitative easing, in which central banks purchase financial assets to inject liquidity into the economy. The ECB ended its program of monthly bond purchases in December, but has continued to reinvest proceeds from maturing holdings to maintain the size of its balance sheet.

In a statement following its policy meeting in Frankfurt, the ECB Governing Council said it left rates unchanged but expects them to œremain at their present or lower levels at least through the first half of 2020¦ Previously, the ECB had said it expected rates to remain at œpresent levels over that period.

The ECB said policy makers œalso underlined the need for a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy for a prolonged period, as inflation rates, both realized and projected, have been persistently below levels that are in line with its aim.

The ECB said it had tasked committees with examining options on ways to reinforce its forward guidance on policy rates as well as œmitigating measures, such as the design of a tiered system of rates on reserves held at the central bank and œoptions for the size and composition of new net asset purchases.

Draghi said the decision on the statement wasn™t unanimous but was the product of a œbroad convergence of views. He played down disagreements, saying that any time a large number of policy options are discussed there were bound to be differing views.

Meanwhile, Draghi warned that the economic outlook in the region was getting œworse and worse, particularly for the manufacturing sector, thanks to continued global uncertainty tied to trade tensions, the looming British exit from the European Union and other factors. Moreover, he emphasized that policy makers were unhappy with stubbornly low inflation and said the ECB would take a œsymmetrical approach to its goal of inflation running near but just below 2%. Annual inflation in the eurozone was seen at 1.3% in June.

In effect, that means the ECB won™t view a 2% inflation pace as a cap ” a major shift, according to longtime ECB watchers like Pictet Wealth Management™s Frederik Ducrozet, who called it a œhugely important and unprecedented step.

Still, the broader ECB commentary on its œinflation problem and its determination to address it was œstark, wrote Nick Kounis and Aline Schuiling, economists at ABN AMRO, in a note.

These comments suggest that net asset purchases could ultimately persist through 2020, they said.

Traders had seen a nearly 50% chance the ECB would move at its July meeting to deliver a rate cut after another round of downbeat survey data from Germany, the shared-currency region™s largest economy, this week.

Instead, the central bank delivered what analysts saw as a clear-cut signal it is prepared to move as early as September to push its deposit rate further into negative territory while also weighing the possibility of resuming asset purchases.

The euro reversed an initial decline to rise 0.3% to $1.1172 versus the U.S. dollar, while the pan-European Stoxx 600 turned lower, falling 0.8% as U.S. stocks moved to the downside. European bonds initially rallied, sending yields lower and dragging down yields on U.S. Treasurys, but also reversed course. Yields, which move in the opposite direction of bond prices, across much of Europe and the U.S. were higher.

Source : Marketwatch

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Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments

Gold declined for a second day as investors favored riskier assets and weighed President Donald Trump™s comments on trade talks with China. Stocks in Asia gained along with U.S. futures Monday, while Treasury yieldscontinued to recover from multi-year lows reached last week, when an inversion in the yield curve sparked recession worries. Trump said the U.S. is œdoing very well with China, and talking! but suggested he wasn™t ready to sign a trade deal, hours...

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Gold prices dip as equities gain, dollar strengthens

Gold prices slipped on Monday due to a stronger U.S. dollar and a recovery in equities, as hints of more stimulus from major central banks around the world eased concerns about a recession. Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,505.98 per ounce at 07:59 GMT. U.S. gold futures also fell 0.5% to $1,516.80 an ounce. The dollar index, against a basket of six major currencies, hovered near a two-week high reached on Friday, making greenback-denominated gold costlier for investors holding other...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher Following Wall St Climb

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Monday, tracking rallies on Wall Street with all eyes on key events this week including a major speech by the US Federal Reserve chief. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.90 percent, or 182.81 points, at 20,601.62 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.68 percent, or 10.17 points, to 1,495.46. Source : AFP

Gold slips 1% as equities, US Treasury yields rise

Gold shed 1% on Monday as a recovery in share markets and rising U.S. Treasury yields reduced some of the metal's safe-haven appeal, prompting investors to book profits. Spot gold was down 1.06% at $1,497.85 per ounce. U.S. gold futures slipped 1% to $1,508.1. Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields gained on Monday, moving further away from record lows after the closely-watched U.S. yield curve between two- and 10-year bonds inverted for the first time since 2007 on Wednesday. Equity markets around...

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