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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Oil Falls on Resurgence of Virus Cases, Oversupply

Oil prices dropped on Friday and were headed for weekly declines as inventories rose and record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States stoked concern about the pace of economic recovery and fuel demand. Brent crude was down by 46 cents, or 1.1%, at $41.89 a barrel, and U.S. oil fell 51 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.11 a barrel. Brent was set for a weekly decline of almost 2% and U.S. crude for a fall of almost 4%. More than 60,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States...

Hong Kong Stocks End With Deep Losses (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, with investors also spooked by fresh infections in the city that have led to the reimposition of containment measures including school closures. The Hang Seng Index shed 1.84 percent, or 482.75 points, to 25,727.41. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.95 percent, or 67.27 points, to 3,383.32 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange lost 0.31 percent, or 6.95 points, to...

The RBA minutes: Board prepared to ease policy further if needed to support growth, jobs
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:06 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia came with the Minutes for the RBA Board's 1 October meeting.

Members commenced their discussion of global economic conditions by noting that heightened policy uncertainty was affecting international trade and business investment. This had continued to be apparent in a range of indicators, including new export orders and investment intentions. Conditions in the manufacturing sector had remained subdued, partly because of ongoing US“China trade tensions. These tensions had led to a contraction in bilateral trade between the United States and China, which was resulting in the diversion of some activity to other economies. Members noted that the trade and technology disputes continued to pose significant downside risks to the global economic outlook.

The RBA is prepared to ease further if needed to support growth and jobs. AUD/USD is a touch lower (-0.15%) on the main take away points as follows:

Board judged case for easing at Oct meeting outweighed arguments against a move. Board prepared to ease policy further if needed to support growth, jobs. Reasonable to expect extended period of low rates would be required. Board members noted trend to lower rates globally.

Discussed possibility rate cuts might have less impact than in past. Judged lower rates would still have an impact through the A$. Members noted export demand had been supported by lower level of the A$. Discussed risk that low rates would over-inflate home, asset prices. Saw limited risks of excessive borrowing for now, but warranted monitoring.

Board discussed case for keeping rate cuts in reserve for emergencies. Decided lower level of rates best way to lessen impact of any negative shocks. Mining, housing sectors seemed to have reached "turning points". No sign as yet that household consumption responding to rate cuts, tax rebates. Strong jobs growth being met by equally strong increase in labour supply. Leading indicators point to slowdown in jobs growth in quarters ahead. China-US trade, tech disputes a significant downside risk to global outlook

The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia meetings are published two weeks after the interest rate decision. The minutes give a full account of the policy discussion, including differences of view. They also record the votes of the individual members of the Committee. Generally speaking, if the RBA is hawkish about the inflationary outlook for the economy, then the markets see a higher possibility of a rate increase, and that is positive for the AUD.

Source : FXstreet

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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Oil Falls on Resurgence of Virus Cases, Oversupply

Oil prices dropped on Friday and were headed for weekly declines as inventories rose and record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States stoked concern about the pace of economic recovery and fuel demand. Brent crude was down by 46 cents, or 1.1%, at $41.89 a barrel, and U.S. oil fell 51 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.11 a barrel. Brent was set for a weekly decline of almost 2% and U.S. crude for a fall of almost 4%. More than 60,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States...

Hong Kong Stocks End With Deep Losses (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, with investors also spooked by fresh infections in the city that have led to the reimposition of containment measures including school closures. The Hang Seng Index shed 1.84 percent, or 482.75 points, to 25,727.41. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.95 percent, or 67.27 points, to 3,383.32 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange lost 0.31 percent, or 6.95 points, to...

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