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Gold Bounces Around As Investors Key In On Friday Jobs Report

Gold futures on Friday swung between small gains and losses as investors watched for a report on the labor market in March, which may offer some clues about the state of American jobs even if it doesn™t entirely reveal the extent of the damage of coronavirus business shutdowns. Friday™s nonfarm-payrolls report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will indicate how many workers the U.S. economy added last month, with average consensus estimates from economists for ais expected to show...

Gold Ends Higher after U.S. Jobs Report, but Posts a Loss for The Week

Gold futures ended higher on Friday after a report on U.S. employment in March indicated that the damage from coronavirus related business shutdowns is already having a big impact on the labor market. For the week, however, prices posted a modest decline. "Gold's upside price bias has been restrained by the deflation scare running through financial markets, said Michael Kosares, founder of USAGOLD. June gold on Comex rose $8, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,645.70 an ounce. It tacked on 2.9% on...

Gold Eases on Firm Dollar, But Holds Tight Range Ahead of US Data

Gold prices were subdued on Friday as the dollar strengthened, but they were stuck in a narrow range ahead of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data that could provide further clarity on the economic damage from the coronavirus. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,610.46 per ounce by 0923 GMT. The metal has declined nearly 0.5% so far this week after an 8% jump in the previous week. U.S. gold futures dropped 0.6% to $1,627.90 per ounce. Safe-haven gains for the U.S. dollar limited gold™s advance, with the...

U.S. Shed 701,000 Jobs in March in Foretaste of Worse to Come

The U.S. economy shed 701,000 jobs in the month to mid-March, the government said in a monthly labor market report that largely predates any impact from the Covid-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy. The figures, normally the most eagerly-awaited data of the month in global financial markets, have already been rendered largely meaningless by the unprecedented spike in jobless claims over the subsequent two weeks. Nearly 10 million Americans “ 6% of a total workforce of 164 million - have filed...

Hong Kong Stocks Head Into Weekend With a Loss (Review)

Hong Kong shares finished Friday with losses, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, after data showed a massive 6.7 million Americans last week applied for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus shatters the global economy. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.19 percent, or 43.95 points, to 23,236.11. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.60 percent, or 16.65 points, to 2,763.99, and the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange fell 0.47 percent, or 7.98 points, to...

Fed Minutes Show Worries About Economy Had Eased a Bit
Thursday, 21 November 2019 02:24 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |The FedFederal Reserve

Federal Reserve officials were more upbeat about the economy in late October than they had been only six weeks earlier, according to minutes of their policy discussion released Wednesday.

Officials œgenerally viewed the economic outlook as positive, the minutes said.

œUncertainties associated with trade tensions as well as geopolitical risks had eased somewhat, although they remained elevated, the summary said.

Officials talked about a œresilient economy in the face of headwinds.

At their meeting, the Fed voted 8 to 2 to trim rates by a quarter-point. It was the third straight meeting with a cut, bringing the benchmark fed funds rate to a range of 1.5%-1.75%.

As expected, there was widespread support among Fed officials for moving to the sidelines to give officials time to assess the impact of the easing. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled the pause in his press conference after the meeting and officials in their public speeches have endorsed the idea.

The minutes stress that the Fed would be watching the data closely and policy was not on a pre-set course. Powell told Congress last week that œif developments emerge that cause a material reassessment of our outlook, we would respond accordingly. The minutes did not give further definition of what such a œmaterial change would look like.

According to the minutes, only two officials wanted more clarity to be expressed. They asked the committee to tell investors that further easing œwas unlikely in the near term unless incoming data was consistent with a significant slowdown in the pace of economic activity.

The minutes show Fed officials had a lengthy discussion of putting in place a permanent repo facility to be a backstop in case of future turmoil in the short-term lending market similar to the latest episode in September.

An alternative idea was to start relatively frequent repo operations that could be scaled up if needed. No decision on these two alternatives was taken.

Officials also talked about what tools to use in the next recession. In a rare case of unanimity, œall Fed officials said they opposed pushing their benchmark interest rate into negative territory in a downturn as central banks in Europe and Japan have done.

There was general agreement that bond purchases ” considered to be quantitative easing to boost the economy ” along with guiding the market about future policy, would be effective tools in fighting the next downturn.

Stocks were lower Wednesday, mostly on concern that talks of a trade truce between the U.S. and China had stalled.

Source : Marketwatch

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Gold Bounces Around As Investors Key In On Friday Jobs Report

Gold futures on Friday swung between small gains and losses as investors watched for a report on the labor market in March, which may offer some clues about the state of American jobs even if it doesn™t entirely reveal the extent of the damage of coronavirus business shutdowns. Friday™s nonfarm-payrolls report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will indicate how many workers the U.S. economy added last month, with average consensus estimates from economists for ais expected to show...

Gold Ends Higher after U.S. Jobs Report, but Posts a Loss for The Week

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Gold Eases on Firm Dollar, But Holds Tight Range Ahead of US Data

Gold prices were subdued on Friday as the dollar strengthened, but they were stuck in a narrow range ahead of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data that could provide further clarity on the economic damage from the coronavirus. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,610.46 per ounce by 0923 GMT. The metal has declined nearly 0.5% so far this week after an 8% jump in the previous week. U.S. gold futures dropped 0.6% to $1,627.90 per ounce. Safe-haven gains for the U.S. dollar limited gold™s advance, with the...

U.S. Shed 701,000 Jobs in March in Foretaste of Worse to Come

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