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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...

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Oil Set for Weekly Gain With Economic Optimism Outweighing Virus

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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...

Powell: U.S. in 'favorable' place, Fed will 'act as appropriate'
Friday, 23 August 2019 21:23 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveThe Fed

The U.S. economy is in a "favorable place" and the Federal Reserve will "act as appropriate" to keep the current economic expansion on track, Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in remarks that gave few clues about whether the central bank will cut interest rates at its next meeting or not.

The chair, under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates soon and deeply, listed a series of economic and geopolitical risks that the Fed is monitoring ” many of them, Powell noted, linked to the administration's trade war with China and other countries.

But "the U.S. economy has continued to perform well overall," Powell said in keynote remarks at an annual Fed economic symposium at this mountain retreat. "Business investment and manufacturing have weakened, but solid job growth and rising wages have been driving robust consumption and supporting moderate overall growth."

If the trade wars have disrupted business investment and confidence and contributed to œdeteriorating global growth, Powell said the Fed could not set all that right through monetary policy.

There are "no recent precedents to guide any policy response to the current situation," Powell said, adding that monetary policy "cannot provide a settled rulebook for international trade."

Between that, the possibility of a hard "Brexit," tension in Hong Kong, an economic slowdown in places like Germany and other overseas troubles, Powell said the Fed needed to "look through" short-term turbulence and focus on how the U.S. is performing.

Powell did note that rate cuts in the 1990s helped keep an expansion intact.

But the overall tone of his statement may disappoint investors expecting the Fed the cut rates at its September meeting and possibly several more times this year. The central bank reduced rates in July in what Powell referred to as a mid-cycle adjustment.

It is also likely to disappoint Trump, both in focusing on the impact that trade uncertainty is having on the global economy, and in not giving a clear signal that more cuts are coming.

The Fed must "look through what may be passing events, focus on how trade developments are affecting the outlook, and adjust policy to promote our objectives" of 2 percent inflation and strong employment.

Source : Reuters

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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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