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Gold settles with a gain for the session and shorter week

Gold futures climbed on Thursday, also posting a gain for the holiday-shortened week, as concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases in part of the world provided safe-haven support for the metal. Some of that support lacked in the U.S., where data showed better-than-expected jobs growth in June. "The employment numbers are spectacular but an 11% unemployment rate is still elevated," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "COVID cases are back on rise and numerous...

Oil futures end higher, with U.S. prices at their highest since March

Oil futures settled higher on Thursday, buoyed by a hefty decline in last week's U.S. crude supplies and better-than-expected domestic jobs growth in June. August West Texas Intermediate oil rose 83 cents, or 2.1%, to settle at $40.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the highest finish for a front-month contract since March 6, according to FactSet data. There will be no regular trading for Nymex oil futures Friday because of the Independence Day holiday. Prices were up...

Gold Heads for Weekly Gain Amid Virus Woes, Jobs Data

Gold headed for a fourth weekly gain as concerns over the resurgence of coronavirus cases countered better-than-expected monthly U.S. jobs data. Texas ordered residents to wear masks, reversing course as it reported its second-most daily infections of the outbreak, while Florida™s largest county, Miami-Dade, will impose a curfew. The novel coronavirus is showing some signs of mutating in a way that may make it easier for the pathogen to spread, according to Anthony...

Oil Set for Weekly Gain With Economic Optimism Outweighing Virus

Oil slipped Friday but remained on track for a weekly gain as aggressive supply cuts and better-than-expected U.S. economic data overshadowed a surge in coronavirus cases in the world™s largest economy. Futures in New York fell toward $40 a barrel in Asian trading, but are still up almost 5% for the week. Crude rose along with broader markets on Thursday as data showed a rebound in the U.S. jobs market accelerated in June. That came after American crude stockpiles fell by the most...

Gold Prices Edge Higher as Market Awaits Labor-Market Update

Gold futures inched higher Thursday ahead of employment data in the U.S. that could influence trading in the precious commodity, a day after hope for a vaccine and a rally in stocks eroded appetite for the haven metal. Economists polled by MarketWatch estimate that 3.7 million jobs were created in June, with some estimates ranging as high as 8 million. Meanwhile, a weekly report on individuals seeking unemployment insurance weekly is estimated to show that 1.4 million people sought such...

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 settles with a gain for the session and shorter week

Gold futures climbed on Thursday, also posting a gain for the holiday-shortened week, as concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases in part of the world provided safe-haven support for the metal. Some of that support lacked in the U.S., where data showed better-than-expected jobs growth in June. "The employment numbers are spectacular but an 11% unemployment rate is still elevated," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "COVID cases are back on rise and numerous...

Oil futures end higher, with U.S. prices at their highest since March

Oil futures settled higher on Thursday, buoyed by a hefty decline in last week's U.S. crude supplies and better-than-expected domestic jobs growth in June. August West Texas Intermediate oil rose 83 cents, or 2.1%, to settle at $40.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the highest finish for a front-month contract since March 6, according to FactSet data. There will be no regular trading for Nymex oil futures Friday because of the Independence Day holiday. Prices were up...

Gold Heads for Weekly Gain Amid Virus Woes, Jobs Data

Gold headed for a fourth weekly gain as concerns over the resurgence of coronavirus cases countered better-than-expected monthly U.S. jobs data. Texas ordered residents to wear masks, reversing course as it reported its second-most daily infections of the outbreak, while Florida™s largest county, Miami-Dade, will impose a curfew. The novel coronavirus is showing some signs of mutating in a way that may make it easier for the pathogen to spread, according to Anthony...

Oil Set for Weekly Gain With Economic Optimism Outweighing Virus

Oil slipped Friday but remained on track for a weekly gain as aggressive supply cuts and better-than-expected U.S. economic data overshadowed a surge in coronavirus cases in the world™s largest economy. Futures in New York fell toward $40 a barrel in Asian trading, but are still up almost 5% for the week. Crude rose along with broader markets on Thursday as data showed a rebound in the U.S. jobs market accelerated in June. That came after American crude stockpiles fell by the most...

Gold Prices Edge Higher as Market Awaits Labor-Market Update

Gold futures inched higher Thursday ahead of employment data in the U.S. that could influence trading in the precious commodity, a day after hope for a vaccine and a rally in stocks eroded appetite for the haven metal. Economists polled by MarketWatch estimate that 3.7 million jobs were created in June, with some estimates ranging as high as 8 million. Meanwhile, a weekly report on individuals seeking unemployment insurance weekly is estimated to show that 1.4 million people sought such...

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