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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...

BOE Says Brexit Uncertainty Skews Forecasts, Keeps Rate on Hold
Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:26 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |BOE

The Bank of England said it™s less confident than usual about the outlook for the economy because of Brexit and offered little new insight into the impact of no deal.

The comments are the first from the bank since Boris Johnson became prime minster on a mission to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without new trading arrangements in place. If there™s no deal, the BOE merely noted again that the pound will fall, inflation will accelerate and growth will slow.

In its new forecasts Thursday, it specifically excluded the possibility of no deal. It assumes a smooth Brexit and reiterated that interest rates will need to gradually rise to bring inflation to target.

While that means Governor Mark Carney avoids a political headache, it will disappoint others who are looking for more clues as to how the BOE might respond to no deal.

That communications problem has dogged the governor for some time. To account for the market currently pricing in a rate cut because of the greater chance of a bumpy departure from the EU, it gave some stylized forecasts based on higher pound and interest rates. They show much slower inflation than the central scenario.

œThe increased uncertainty about the nature of EU withdrawal meant that the economy could follow a wide range of paths over coming years, the BOE said. œThe appropriate path of monetary policy would depend on the balance of the effects of Brexit on demand, supply and exchange rate.

The bank™s rate-setting committee voted unanimously to hold the key rate at 0.75% and to keep asset purchases unchanged.

As Brexit keeps the BOE in wait-and-see mode, the world™s biggest central banks are turning dovish as global growth cools and trade tensions persist. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday delivered a quarter-point cut and suggested there™s more to come. The European Central Bank is looking at adding more stimulus as early as September.

Investors expect the next BOE move to be a cut rather than a hike.

Acknowledging the weaker global backdrop, the BOE lowered its forecast for economic growth this year, sees slower export growth and weak business investment persisting into 2020.

In the stylized forecasts, one quarter-point rate hike over the next three years brings inflation below the 2% target.

That compares with a central forecast, based on the market™s expectation of a quarter-point cut, for inflation to pick up to 2.4%. The forecast also sees excess demand at a whopping 1.75%.

In normal circumstances, that would imply that the BOE should be raising rates soon. But given the uncertainty around Brexit, all nine policy makers deemed the current stance appropriate.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Drops 2nd Day on Rising Stocks, Trade Comments

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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

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