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Gold Eases on Profit-Taking, But Poised For Best Week in 11 Years

Gold eased on Friday as some investors booked profits after prices hit a two-week high in the last session amid hopes for further stimulus to curb the coronavirus™ economic toll, but the metal was headed for its best weekly gain in more than 11 years. Spot gold slipped 0.5% to $1,621.07 per ounce by 0035 GMT, having risen to its highest since March 12 on Thursday. The metal was up 8.2% for the week, its biggest since December 2008, on weak U.S. unemployment data and the Federal Reserve™s...

Gold Prices Drops from Two-Week Highs to Stay Below $1,650 Level

Gold prices dropped on Friday in Asia as equities rebounded. Gold Futures for April delivery on the Comex exchange slid 0.7% to $1,640.05 by 12:55 AM ET (04:55 GMT). Despite the losses today, gold prices still traded sharply higher this week, gaining over 8% and heading for its biggest weekly gain in over a decade as the total number of coronavirus cases across the world continued to rise. The U.S. has now overtaken China for the most confirmed cases worldwide, as infections in New York...

Gold Pulls Back but Set for Biggest Weekly Gain Since 2008

Gold futures pulled back Friday, but remained on track for the biggest weekly rise in more than 11 years in a rebound fueled in part by a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about disruptions in the physical market. Gold for April delivery on Comex fell $33.30, or 2%, to $1.617.90 an ounce, while May silver dropped 22.6 cents, or 1.7%, to $14.45 an ounce. For the week, gold is up nearly 9%, which would mark the biggest weekly rise since December 2008, according to FactSet. A retreat by the U.S....

Gold scores biggest weekly gain since 2008

Gold futures settled with a loss on Friday but still scored the biggest weekly rise in more than 11 years in a rebound fueled in part by a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about disruptions in the physical market for the precious metal. Gold for April delivery on Comex fell $26.20, or 1.6%, to settle at $1,625 an ounce. For the week, prices for the most-active contract rose 9.5%, which marked the biggest weekly rise since September 2008, according to FactSet. May silver dropped 14.2 cents, or...

Oil Rises as Broader Markets Gain on Hopes For More Stimulus

Oil prices rose on Friday after world leaders promised a massive injection of funds to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, despite fears the outbreak will destroy demand for oil. After tumbling for the past four weeks, Brent crude was up 50 cents, or nearly 2%, at $26.84 a barrel by 0116 GMT, and on track to end the week steady or only slightly lower. U.S. crude was up 60 cents, or 2.7%, at $23.20, and is heading for a weekly gain of about 3%. Both contracts are down...

RBA's Lowe Says Risk of Rate Cut Now Outweighs Likely Benefit
Friday, 7 February 2020 08:15 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

Australia's central bank chief Philip Lowe signaled his board is firmly on hold for now, saying further cuts to the nation's already historically-low interest rate risk doing more long-term damage to the economy than the short-term benefit they would create.

"While it's plausible that we can move toward our goals, at least right at the moment the risks have slightly tilted to outweigh the benefits," the governor told a parliamentary panel in Canberra Friday. œBut that could turn, particularly if the unemployment rate deteriorates.

He warned of œsignificant areas of uncertainty including the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the nation's largest trading partner, and said signs of rising unemployment and stalled inflation would swing the balance back toward rate cuts.

"If the unemployment rate were to be moving materially in the wrong direction and there was no further progress being made toward the inflation target, the balance of arguments would tilt toward a further easing of monetary policy," he said, in his opening statement to the panel.

The Reserve Bank of Australia kept the cash rate unchanged this week at a record low 0.75% as the labor market holds up and amid resurgent property prices. Lowe cut rates three times last year to boost economic growth and is reluctant to ease further as he fears unleashing a renewed borrowing binge.

Lowe defended the central bank™s rate cuts in recent years, saying it was responding to weakness in the economy, not causing it.

"Household confidence is weak because income growth is weak and housing prices have fallen," he said. "We're responding to that.

The central bank's key concern is consumption, which has weakened as households struggle to come to grips with high debt amid stagnant real wage growth over the past half decade. To date, they™ve used the RBA's rate cuts to pay down their mortgages faster and saved government tax rebates.

Lowe maintains that this is a normal response and suggests that once Australians have consolidated their financial position, they will resume spending. Household debt has indeed fallen recently from a record high.

The governor™s other key challenge is to push the jobless rate down sufficiently to spur wage growth and rekindle inflation, with a level of 4.5% seen as needed rather than the current 5.1%. While the economy has recorded strong employment over the past three years, it has mainly been absorbed by a swelling labor force.

All this comes against the backdrop of a disastrous summer of drought and wildfires that smashed tourism and consumption as land and wildlife were incinerated and cities inundated with acrid smoke.

The RBA estimates blazes that devastated Australia™s east coast will cut 0.2 percentage point from GDP across the final quarter of 2019 and first quarter of this year, before reconstruction efforts take hold. The upshot is it™s unlikely to impact overall annual growth.

Compounding this is coronavirus. Australia™s economic fortunes are heavily dependent on the world™s number 2 economy: China buys one-third of Australian goods and services. Halting flights to limit the spread of the virus will strike at the heart of education and tourism, some of the nation™s most valuable exports. A weaker Chinese economy also has less need for iron ore, and the price is tumbling accordingly.

œThe outbreak of the coronavirus represents a new source of uncertainty, Lowe said on Friday, adding that œmuch will depend on the success of the various efforts to control the virus. Under questioning from lawmakers, he said the virus posed a greater threat to the Australian economy than the SARs virus almost two decades ago, with reports of disruption to trading supply chains and the tourism industry.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Eases on Profit-Taking, But Poised For Best Week in 11 Years

Gold eased on Friday as some investors booked profits after prices hit a two-week high in the last session amid hopes for further stimulus to curb the coronavirus™ economic toll, but the metal was headed for its best weekly gain in more than 11 years. Spot gold slipped 0.5% to $1,621.07 per ounce by 0035 GMT, having risen to its highest since March 12 on Thursday. The metal was up 8.2% for the week, its biggest since December 2008, on weak U.S. unemployment data and the Federal Reserve™s...

Gold Prices Drops from Two-Week Highs to Stay Below $1,650 Level

Gold prices dropped on Friday in Asia as equities rebounded. Gold Futures for April delivery on the Comex exchange slid 0.7% to $1,640.05 by 12:55 AM ET (04:55 GMT). Despite the losses today, gold prices still traded sharply higher this week, gaining over 8% and heading for its biggest weekly gain in over a decade as the total number of coronavirus cases across the world continued to rise. The U.S. has now overtaken China for the most confirmed cases worldwide, as infections in New York...

Gold Pulls Back but Set for Biggest Weekly Gain Since 2008

Gold futures pulled back Friday, but remained on track for the biggest weekly rise in more than 11 years in a rebound fueled in part by a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about disruptions in the physical market. Gold for April delivery on Comex fell $33.30, or 2%, to $1.617.90 an ounce, while May silver dropped 22.6 cents, or 1.7%, to $14.45 an ounce. For the week, gold is up nearly 9%, which would mark the biggest weekly rise since December 2008, according to FactSet. A retreat by the U.S....

Gold scores biggest weekly gain since 2008

Gold futures settled with a loss on Friday but still scored the biggest weekly rise in more than 11 years in a rebound fueled in part by a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about disruptions in the physical market for the precious metal. Gold for April delivery on Comex fell $26.20, or 1.6%, to settle at $1,625 an ounce. For the week, prices for the most-active contract rose 9.5%, which marked the biggest weekly rise since September 2008, according to FactSet. May silver dropped 14.2 cents, or...

Oil Rises as Broader Markets Gain on Hopes For More Stimulus

Oil prices rose on Friday after world leaders promised a massive injection of funds to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, despite fears the outbreak will destroy demand for oil. After tumbling for the past four weeks, Brent crude was up 50 cents, or nearly 2%, at $26.84 a barrel by 0116 GMT, and on track to end the week steady or only slightly lower. U.S. crude was up 60 cents, or 2.7%, at $23.20, and is heading for a weekly gain of about 3%. Both contracts are down...

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