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Gold futures end lower a day after highest finish since 2011

Gold futures pulled back Wednesday, after settling a day earlier at their highest since 2011. "Gold remains in an uptrend but some fatigue may be kicking in," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. Data from Automatic Data Processing Inc. Wednesday showed that U.S. private-sector employers added 2.37 million jobs in June, less than analysts expected. Still, "some optimism may return over the U.S. economy recovering quicker than expected," something that may hit haven gold, he...

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 Rises Toward $40 on Signs U.S. Stockpiles Are Shrinking

Oil rose after its best quarter in almost three decades following a report pointing to the first drop in U.S. crude stockpiles since May. Futures in New York climbed toward $40 a barrel after closing down 1.1% on Tuesday. The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute said that inventories shrunk by 8.16 million barrels last week, according to people familiar with the data. That would be the largest draw this year if confirmed by Energy Information Administration figures due later...

Stocks rise on positive coronavirus vaccine news, Pfizer gains

Stocks traded higher on Wednesday to kick off the second half of 2020 with market sentiment getting a lift from positive coronavirus vaccine news and strong U.S. economic data. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 36 points, or 0.2%. At one point, the Dow was up more than 200 points. A study of a coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech showed the drug created neutralizing antibodies. The...

Gold Pushes Higher After Best Quarter in Four Years

Gold is continuing to rise after setting its best quarter in four years due to coronavirus concerns and negative real interest rates. Spot gold is up 0.5% at $1,788.75 a troy ounce, while futures are up 0.3% at $1,805.80 an ounce. Investors are watching U.S. inflation-adjusted Treasury bonds for gold clues. Those bond's yields--known as real yields--are currently negative, meaning investors must pay to own them. This makes gold a more attractive haven and a cheaper hedge against...

Australia Cuts Key Rate as Global Threats, Unemployment Rise
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 12:10 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |MoneterRBA

Australia's central bank lowered interest rates for the third time this year as it tries to shield the economy from a slew of offshore risks, and signaled it could ease even further.

Reserve Bank chief Philip Lowe reduced the cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%, as predicted by money markets and most economists, bringing the lower bound of policy into view and raising the prospect of unconventional measures. The RBA's move is also designed to prevent a rebound in the depreciating currency that might have been triggered if it stood pat while global counterparts eased.

"The board will continue to monitor developments, including in the labor market, and is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy, full employment and the achievement of the inflation target over time," Lowe said in his statement.

The Australian dollar was little changed, trading at 67.47 U.S. cents at 2:35 p.m. in Sydney.

The rate cut is designed to give maximum kick to a "gentle turning point" that Lowe says he is seeing in the economy following a year of weak growth. The governor is similarly trying to stem unemployment -- which climbed to 5.3% in August as a swelling labor force overwhelmed an increase in hiring -- and bolster consumer confidence in order to revive household spending.

Meanwhile, the clouds gathering offshore are increasingly menacing: Global growth is slowing, dragged down by the protracted U.S.-China trade conflict; financial hub Hong Kong is racked by protests; key trading partners Japan and South Korea are locked in confrontation; Brexit is looming; and to cap it all, President Donald Trump could face impeachment proceedings.

Against that backdrop, Lowe wants to stoke the local economy hard to try to ensure its resilience. At 0.75%, the cash rate is close to the lower bound that he and Deputy Governor Guy Debelle estimate is around 0.25%-0.5%. Both have previously said they don't expect to have to turn to bond buying and other alternative measures, as they wait and gauge the success of existing stimulus.

Another Boom?

Lowe executed cuts in June and July that have helped house prices rebound in Sydney and Melbourne, with data today showing national values rose the most since March 2017 last month. At the same time, a windfall from commodity prices is ongoing as iron ore futures hold close to a still-high $90.

The RBA's cuts mean more cash for households, many of which are also receiving tax rebates from the government. That™s in an economy already set to benefit from infrastructure spending and higher mining investment, as well as a depreciating currency that's helping exporters.

Lowe is scheduled to speak at the RBA board dinner later Tuesday, at 7.20 p.m. in Melbourne. There will be no Q&A session.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold futures end lower a day after highest finish since 2011

Gold futures pulled back Wednesday, after settling a day earlier at their highest since 2011. "Gold remains in an uptrend but some fatigue may be kicking in," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. Data from Automatic Data Processing Inc. Wednesday showed that U.S. private-sector employers added 2.37 million jobs in June, less than analysts expected. Still, "some optimism may return over the U.S. economy recovering quicker than expected," something that may hit haven gold, he...

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 Rises Toward $40 on Signs U.S. Stockpiles Are Shrinking

Oil rose after its best quarter in almost three decades following a report pointing to the first drop in U.S. crude stockpiles since May. Futures in New York climbed toward $40 a barrel after closing down 1.1% on Tuesday. The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute said that inventories shrunk by 8.16 million barrels last week, according to people familiar with the data. That would be the largest draw this year if confirmed by Energy Information Administration figures due later...

Stocks rise on positive coronavirus vaccine news, Pfizer gains

Stocks traded higher on Wednesday to kick off the second half of 2020 with market sentiment getting a lift from positive coronavirus vaccine news and strong U.S. economic data. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 36 points, or 0.2%. At one point, the Dow was up more than 200 points. A study of a coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech showed the drug created neutralizing antibodies. The...

Gold Pushes Higher After Best Quarter in Four Years

Gold is continuing to rise after setting its best quarter in four years due to coronavirus concerns and negative real interest rates. Spot gold is up 0.5% at $1,788.75 a troy ounce, while futures are up 0.3% at $1,805.80 an ounce. Investors are watching U.S. inflation-adjusted Treasury bonds for gold clues. Those bond's yields--known as real yields--are currently negative, meaning investors must pay to own them. This makes gold a more attractive haven and a cheaper hedge against...

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