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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

Fed Cuts Rates by Quarter Point While Hinting at a Pause
Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:29 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveFOMCThe FedEkonomi AS

Federal Reserve officials reduced interest rates by a quarter-percentage point for the third time this year and hinted they may now put monetary policy on hold, for one meeting at least.

The Federal Open Market Committee altered language in its statement following the two-day meeting Wednesday, dropping its pledge to œact as appropriate to sustain the expansion, while adding a promise to monitor data as it œassesses the appropriate path of the target range for the federal funds rate.

As with the September statement, the FOMC cited the implications of global developments in deciding to lower the target range for the central bank™s benchmark rate to 1.5% to 1.75%.

Treasuries weakened on the Fed™s announcement, pushing the 10-year yield up briefly to 1.81% from 1.80%. Stocks were little changed and the U.S. dollar gained. Traders also pared wagers on a fourth consecutive rate cut in December.

The tweaks to the statement suggest policy makers are prepared to leave rates on hold for some time and assess the impact on the economy of their reductions over the past three meetings. Chairman Jerome Powell will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. with reporters likely to press him to explain the changes.

Powell has said that he didn™t expect an extended series of rate reductions, while describing easing as an effort to provide insurance for an aging economic expansion imperiled by trade tensions and faltering global growth. He hasn™t said, however, how much insurance is enough.

Source : Bloomberg

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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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