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Gold ends flat, then moves lower in electronic trade after Fed minutes

Gold prices finished unchanged on Wednesday, after spending much of the session losing ground on the back of strength in benchmark U.S. stock indexes. After future prices settled, minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's July meeting showed that Federal Reserve officials shied away from saying how many more easing steps they might be willing to support this year. In electronic trading, gold for December delivery was at $1,514.30 an ounce shortly after the meeting minutes. The...

Gold posts lowest finish in nearly 2 weeks as bond yields climb

Gold futures declined on Thursday, pressured by strength in bond yields as the Fed™s symposium of central bankers got underway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. U.S. Treasury bonds weakened Thursday, sending the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield up 2.4 basis points to 1.6046%. Rising bond yields can dull the luster of gold, which offers no yield. December gold fell $7.20, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,508.50 an ounce after trading as low as $1,502.10. Prices finished at the lowest for a most-active...

Gold edges lower, focus on Jackson Hole summit for rate-cut direction

Gold prices fell marginally on Thursday, lingering around the key $1,500 level, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve chair's speech at a global central bankers' conclave for clues on future U.S. interest rate cuts. Spot gold inched down 0.2% at $1,499.60 per ounce as of 07:47 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,507.60 an ounce. If Powell says they are going to cut rates aggressively, that may not be great for gold in the short-term since equities will gain, Halley...

U.S. oil prices settle lower as crude supplies log first weekly slump in 3 weeks

U.S. oil futures settled lower Wednesday after the government reported a weekly decrease in domestic crude supplies, the first in three weeks, but smaller than the market expected. Concerns over energy demand also continued to pressure prices. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell by 45 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $55.68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following gains in each of the last three trading sessions. It was at $56.77 shortly before the supply...

Gold sinks as bond yields climb

Gold futures headed lower Thursday as bond yields edged up, dimming some of the luster from the precious metal, with the Federal Reserve's annual symposium of central bankers getting underway in Jackson Hole, Wyo. December delivery was last down $12.10, or 0.8%, to reach $1,503.90 an ounce, after finishing Wednesday™s session flat. September silver lost 13 cents, or 0.7%, to $17.025 an ounce. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note added more than 3 basis points to around 1.61% early Thursday...

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 ends flat, then moves lower in electronic trade after Fed minutes

Gold prices finished unchanged on Wednesday, after spending much of the session losing ground on the back of strength in benchmark U.S. stock indexes. After future prices settled, minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's July meeting showed that Federal Reserve officials shied away from saying how many more easing steps they might be willing to support this year. In electronic trading, gold for December delivery was at $1,514.30 an ounce shortly after the meeting minutes. The...

Gold posts lowest finish in nearly 2 weeks as bond yields climb

Gold futures declined on Thursday, pressured by strength in bond yields as the Fed™s symposium of central bankers got underway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. U.S. Treasury bonds weakened Thursday, sending the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield up 2.4 basis points to 1.6046%. Rising bond yields can dull the luster of gold, which offers no yield. December gold fell $7.20, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,508.50 an ounce after trading as low as $1,502.10. Prices finished at the lowest for a most-active...

Gold edges lower, focus on Jackson Hole summit for rate-cut direction

Gold prices fell marginally on Thursday, lingering around the key $1,500 level, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve chair's speech at a global central bankers' conclave for clues on future U.S. interest rate cuts. Spot gold inched down 0.2% at $1,499.60 per ounce as of 07:47 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,507.60 an ounce. If Powell says they are going to cut rates aggressively, that may not be great for gold in the short-term since equities will gain, Halley...

U.S. oil prices settle lower as crude supplies log first weekly slump in 3 weeks

U.S. oil futures settled lower Wednesday after the government reported a weekly decrease in domestic crude supplies, the first in three weeks, but smaller than the market expected. Concerns over energy demand also continued to pressure prices. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell by 45 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $55.68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following gains in each of the last three trading sessions. It was at $56.77 shortly before the supply...

Gold sinks as bond yields climb

Gold futures headed lower Thursday as bond yields edged up, dimming some of the luster from the precious metal, with the Federal Reserve's annual symposium of central bankers getting underway in Jackson Hole, Wyo. December delivery was last down $12.10, or 0.8%, to reach $1,503.90 an ounce, after finishing Wednesday™s session flat. September silver lost 13 cents, or 0.7%, to $17.025 an ounce. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note added more than 3 basis points to around 1.61% early Thursday...

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