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Gold futures finish lower for a second straight session

Gold futures fell on Wednesday for a second straight session, pressured on the heels of some strength in the U.S. dollar, even as concerns over the economic hit from COVID-19 remain. "It would appear that gold needs a clear sign of a pandemic and clear signs of severe global slowing to ignite a return of aggressive investment buying," said analysts at Zaner Metals, in a daily note. "The trade could be fearful about the potential for a sustained setback in Chinese physical gold...

Gold futures give up earlier gains to log a third straight session decline

Gold futures gave up earlier gains on Thursday to finish lower for a third straight session. "Gold prices are always sensitive to the outlook for interest rates, but it's rarely been more strongly correlated against bond yields than it is right now," said Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault. "So while the plunge in the stock market should keep driving gold higher, any pullback in these surging bond prices is also going to hit gold short-term," he said. Bond prices move in the...

Gold Climbs as Trump Comments Fail to Ease Virus Fears

Gold rose for the seventh time in eight days as investors continued to weigh the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with comments by the Trump administration failing to allay concerns about the disease. More cases were reported in countries other than China in the past 24 hours for the first time, the World Health Organization said, with new infections in nations from Pakistan to Brazil. President Donald Trump assured Americans that they face little risk, although...

Gold Gains on Virus Spread, Rate Cut Hopes

Gold prices rose on Thursday as the rapid spread of coronavirus outside China fueled demand for safe-haven assets and bolstered bets for interest rate cuts by major central banks, while palladium scaled an all-time high on supply deficit worries. Spot gold rose 0.6% to $1,648.63 per ounce. Prices jumped more than 1% in intraday trade on Wednesday before closing 0.3% higher. U.S. gold futures were up 0.5% at $1,650.50. Governments ramped up measures on Thursday to battle the coronavirus as...

Oil futures settle at lowest in over a year

Oil futures declined on Wednesday, with the U.S crude benchmark settling at its lowest in more than a year as global energy demand worries fed by the spread of COVID-19 pulled prices down for a fourth consecutive session. April West Texas Intermediate oil fell $1.17, or 2.3%, to settle at $48.73 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest front-month contract finish since January 2019, according to FactSet data. Source : MarketWatch

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 finish lower for a second straight session

Gold futures fell on Wednesday for a second straight session, pressured on the heels of some strength in the U.S. dollar, even as concerns over the economic hit from COVID-19 remain. "It would appear that gold needs a clear sign of a pandemic and clear signs of severe global slowing to ignite a return of aggressive investment buying," said analysts at Zaner Metals, in a daily note. "The trade could be fearful about the potential for a sustained setback in Chinese physical gold...

Gold futures give up earlier gains to log a third straight session decline

Gold futures gave up earlier gains on Thursday to finish lower for a third straight session. "Gold prices are always sensitive to the outlook for interest rates, but it's rarely been more strongly correlated against bond yields than it is right now," said Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault. "So while the plunge in the stock market should keep driving gold higher, any pullback in these surging bond prices is also going to hit gold short-term," he said. Bond prices move in the...

Gold Climbs as Trump Comments Fail to Ease Virus Fears

Gold rose for the seventh time in eight days as investors continued to weigh the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with comments by the Trump administration failing to allay concerns about the disease. More cases were reported in countries other than China in the past 24 hours for the first time, the World Health Organization said, with new infections in nations from Pakistan to Brazil. President Donald Trump assured Americans that they face little risk, although...

Gold Gains on Virus Spread, Rate Cut Hopes

Gold prices rose on Thursday as the rapid spread of coronavirus outside China fueled demand for safe-haven assets and bolstered bets for interest rate cuts by major central banks, while palladium scaled an all-time high on supply deficit worries. Spot gold rose 0.6% to $1,648.63 per ounce. Prices jumped more than 1% in intraday trade on Wednesday before closing 0.3% higher. U.S. gold futures were up 0.5% at $1,650.50. Governments ramped up measures on Thursday to battle the coronavirus as...

Oil futures settle at lowest in over a year

Oil futures declined on Wednesday, with the U.S crude benchmark settling at its lowest in more than a year as global energy demand worries fed by the spread of COVID-19 pulled prices down for a fourth consecutive session. April West Texas Intermediate oil fell $1.17, or 2.3%, to settle at $48.73 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest front-month contract finish since January 2019, according to FactSet data. Source : MarketWatch

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