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Gold futures fall for the session, gain 0.4% for the week

Gold futures declined on Friday, as optimism that phase one of a U.S.-China trade deal will soon be reached, and strength in the U.S. stock market dulled haven demand for the metal. For the week, however, gold tacked on 0.4%. "Despite this recent bout of counterintuitive losses, gold looks strong both technically and, more importantly, from a fundamental point of view," said Mark O'Byrne, research director at GoldCore. "From a technical point of view, gold looks very bullish with a series of...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Flat, Ending Tough Week (Review)

Hong Kong shares finished barely moved Friday, bringing an end to a tumultuous week that has seen the city crippled by violent protests, which show no sign of abating. The Hang Seng Index inched up 2.97 points to 26,326.66. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.64 percent, or 18.53 points, to 2,891.34 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dived 1.13 percent, or 18.43 points, to 1,605.70. Source : AFP

Trade Hopes Propel Wall Street to Records; Healthcare Climbs

Wall Street's main stock indexes closed at record levels on Friday, fueled by fresh optimism over a potential calming of U.S.-China trade tensions and by big gains in shares of healthcare companies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 221.71 points, or 0.8%, to 28,003.67, the S&P 500 gained 23.72 points, or 0.77%, to 3,120.35 and the Nasdaq Composite added 61.81 points, or 0.73%, to 8,540.83. Source : Reuters

Oil gains 1.7%, shrugging off rising supply concerns

Oil futures gained nearly 2% on Friday as comments from a top U.S. official raised optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal, but worries about increasing crude supplies capped prices. Benchmark Brent crude gained $1.03, or 1.7%, to settle at $63.31 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate crude rose 95 cents, or 1.7%, to settle at $57.72 a barrel. Brent and WTI both posted their second straight weekly gain. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business Network on Friday...

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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POPULAR NEWS
Gold futures fall for the session, gain 0.4% for the week

Gold futures declined on Friday, as optimism that phase one of a U.S.-China trade deal will soon be reached, and strength in the U.S. stock market dulled haven demand for the metal. For the week, however, gold tacked on 0.4%. "Despite this recent bout of counterintuitive losses, gold looks strong both technically and, more importantly, from a fundamental point of view," said Mark O'Byrne, research director at GoldCore. "From a technical point of view, gold looks very bullish with a series of...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Flat, Ending Tough Week (Review)

Hong Kong shares finished barely moved Friday, bringing an end to a tumultuous week that has seen the city crippled by violent protests, which show no sign of abating. The Hang Seng Index inched up 2.97 points to 26,326.66. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.64 percent, or 18.53 points, to 2,891.34 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dived 1.13 percent, or 18.43 points, to 1,605.70. Source : AFP

Trade Hopes Propel Wall Street to Records; Healthcare Climbs

Wall Street's main stock indexes closed at record levels on Friday, fueled by fresh optimism over a potential calming of U.S.-China trade tensions and by big gains in shares of healthcare companies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 221.71 points, or 0.8%, to 28,003.67, the S&P 500 gained 23.72 points, or 0.77%, to 3,120.35 and the Nasdaq Composite added 61.81 points, or 0.73%, to 8,540.83. Source : Reuters

Oil gains 1.7%, shrugging off rising supply concerns

Oil futures gained nearly 2% on Friday as comments from a top U.S. official raised optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal, but worries about increasing crude supplies capped prices. Benchmark Brent crude gained $1.03, or 1.7%, to settle at $63.31 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate crude rose 95 cents, or 1.7%, to settle at $57.72 a barrel. Brent and WTI both posted their second straight weekly gain. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business Network on Friday...

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