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Gold futures finish higher, near 1-week high

Gold futures moved higher on Monday, building on last week's climb to mark their highest finish in almost a week. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.4% in Monday dealings, providing a boost to dollar-denominated gold prices.  August gold rose $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,793.50 an ounce. That was the highest settlement since June 30, when prices ended above $1,800 for the first time since September 2011. Source: Marketwatch

Gold futures log highest finish since September 2011

Gold futures marked their highest finish in nearly nine years, after climbing to nearly $1,810 an ounce during Tuesday's session. Prices had seen a "routine downside correction following recent gains" in early Tuesday action, that was "once again seen as a value-buying opportunity in the yellow metal, on strong notions more price appreciation lies ahead," said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, in a market update. August gold rose $16.40, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,809.90 an ounce. That...

Gold Holds Gain Amid Virus Resurgence, Weaker Dollar

Gold held near the highest level in more than seven years on demand for haven assets amid the resurgence in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world, while the U.S. dollar slipped. The pace of new infections in Tokyo, Iran and elsewhere is raising concerns about a fresh wave. Australia™s two most-populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in cases. Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel...

Oil steady as hopeful economic data face spike in virus cases

Oil futures ended largely steady on Monday as positive economic data supported prices, while a spike in coronavirus cases in the United States that could curb fuel demand pressured prices. Brent crude settled at $43.10 a barrel, up 30 cents. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled at $40.63 a barrel, down 2 cents. Production by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has fallen to its lowest in decades. OPEC and other producers including Russia, collectively...

Wall Street jumps on strong services sector, hopes of China recovery

U.S. stocks rose sharply on Monday as a rebound in U.S. services industry activity in June and expectations of a revival in China™s economy boosted optimism, helping investors look past a surge in new coronavirus cases in the United States. A non-manufacturing activity index jumped to a reading of 57.1 last month, the highest since February, from 45.4 in May, according to a report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 459.47...

Australia Faces 'Unprecedented' Economic Hit from Coronavirus: RBA Minutes
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 09:53 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

Australia is facing an "unprecedented economic contraction due to the coronavirus pandemic, though massive fiscal and monetary stimulus would help cushion the blow, minutes from the country's central bank's last meeting showed on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had on May 5 left the cash rate at 0.25%, as expected, and recommitted to buying as much government debt as needed to keep three-year bond yields near 0.25%.

The minutes showed board members discussed a range of economic scenarios in their policy deliberations, with the baseline case for gross domestic product to fall by 10% in the first half and 6% for all of 2020.

"An economic contraction of such speed and magnitude would be unprecedented in the 60-year history of Australia™s quarterly national accounts, the RBA said.

"Members noted that the nature of the contraction and the expected recovery was also unprecedented because they were driven by public health measures, rather than induced by economic or financial factors.

Australia has not suffered a technical recession, or two consecutive quarters of contraction, since the early 1990s.

The country has been so far successful in curbing the growth of the coronavirus, helping it gradually re-open its economy although international borders are expected to remain shut for a long time to come.

Despite the earlier than expected reopening of the domestic economy, unemployment was expected to remain elevated through 2021 while inflation was seen undershooting the RBA's 2-3% medium-term target for the next few years.

"Given this outlook, the Board would maintain its efforts to support the economy by keeping funding costs low and credit available to households and businesses, the RBA added.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold futures finish higher, near 1-week high

Gold futures moved higher on Monday, building on last week's climb to mark their highest finish in almost a week. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.4% in Monday dealings, providing a boost to dollar-denominated gold prices.  August gold rose $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,793.50 an ounce. That was the highest settlement since June 30, when prices ended above $1,800 for the first time since September 2011. Source: Marketwatch

Gold futures log highest finish since September 2011

Gold futures marked their highest finish in nearly nine years, after climbing to nearly $1,810 an ounce during Tuesday's session. Prices had seen a "routine downside correction following recent gains" in early Tuesday action, that was "once again seen as a value-buying opportunity in the yellow metal, on strong notions more price appreciation lies ahead," said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, in a market update. August gold rose $16.40, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,809.90 an ounce. That...

Gold Holds Gain Amid Virus Resurgence, Weaker Dollar

Gold held near the highest level in more than seven years on demand for haven assets amid the resurgence in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world, while the U.S. dollar slipped. The pace of new infections in Tokyo, Iran and elsewhere is raising concerns about a fresh wave. Australia™s two most-populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in cases. Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel...

Oil steady as hopeful economic data face spike in virus cases

Oil futures ended largely steady on Monday as positive economic data supported prices, while a spike in coronavirus cases in the United States that could curb fuel demand pressured prices. Brent crude settled at $43.10 a barrel, up 30 cents. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled at $40.63 a barrel, down 2 cents. Production by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has fallen to its lowest in decades. OPEC and other producers including Russia, collectively...

Wall Street jumps on strong services sector, hopes of China recovery

U.S. stocks rose sharply on Monday as a rebound in U.S. services industry activity in June and expectations of a revival in China™s economy boosted optimism, helping investors look past a surge in new coronavirus cases in the United States. A non-manufacturing activity index jumped to a reading of 57.1 last month, the highest since February, from 45.4 in May, according to a report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 459.47...

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