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Gold futures down a third straight session

Gold futures marked a third straight session decline on Wednesday, posting their lowest settlement in more than three weeks. Strength in the U.S. stock market, as well as smaller-than-expected private-sector job losses in May pressured prices for the haven metal. August gold fell by $29.20, or 1.7%, to settle at $1,704.80 an ounce. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since May 11, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold marks first gain in 4 sessions on weakness in U.S. dollar and stocks

Gold futures rose on Thursday, with prices posting their first gain in four sessions on the back of weakness in the U.S. stock market and the dollar, as investors digested policy actions by the European Central Bank. Gold for August delivery on Comex tacked on $22.60, or 1.3%, to settle at $1,727.40 an ounce, after trading as high as $1,729. Prices for the most-active contract tumbled 1.7% on Wednesday amid a strong rally in global equities. That decline marked a third straight loss for the...

Gold Under Pressure as Investors Snap Up Stocks, Dulling Demand for Havens

Gold lost ground Wednesday, unable to find traction higher as demand for equities dulls haven-related demand for the precious metal. Gold for August delivery on Comex was down $3.90, or 0.2%, at $1,730.20 an ounce. July silver was up 2 cents, or 0.1%, at $18.280 an ounce. Stock-index futures pointed to a higher start for U.S. equities, which have pushed back to early March levels on optimism over efforts to reopen the economy. Gold has failed to find much in the way of traditional haven...

Gold Declines as Investors Assess Recovery, Protests

Gold dropped for a second day as traders assessed the haven™s merits amid a rally in stocks and positive signs from economies reopening, while also focusing on continued civil unrest across the U.S. Businesses are resuming operations worldwide, while manufacturing gauges are painting a more optimistic picture. Activity in China has recovered to 80% to 85% of pre-virus levels, according to Bloomberg Economics. Still, risks to growth remain, including simmering U.S.-China relations...

Gold Rises on Political Frictions, Weaker Dollar

Gold prices gained from last session™s fall on lingering political tensions and a weaker dollar, but were still near their lowest in over a week as equities were set to extend their gains on economic optimism. Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,703.67 per ounce, as of 0212 GMT. On Wednesday, it fell 1.7% to reach its lowest since May 27. U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,704.90. The European Central Bank is certain to give more stimulus, with the only question being timing ” whether later on...

Mnuchin Defends U.S. Fiscal Response to Pandemic, Seeks Payroll Loan Extension
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 02:20 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |The FedEkonomi AS

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday defended the Trump administration™s fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic and told senators he was willing to consider extending and modifying a payroll loan program for small businesses.

In a sometimes testy hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the nearly $3 trillion in coronavirus rescue programs rolled out by the federal government over the past two months were working to support an economy devastated by the novel coronavirus.

But the Treasury and Fed chiefs faced tough questions over whether the administration™s plans to quickly reopen the economy in the wake of lockdowns imposed in March and April would leave low-wage workers without adequate protections from the virus.

Congress is considering legislation that would free up trillions of dollars of additional aid to further bolster the economy, help states and increase pay for essential workers who are doing some of the most dangerous jobs.

President Donald Trump has been criticized for initially downplaying the pandemic, which has now killed more than 90,000 Americans, and not ensuring that enough medical supplies were in place to battle the virus.

œHow many workers should give their lives to increase the GDP or the Dow Jones by 1,000 points? asked Senator Sherrod Brown, the committee™s top Democrat.

œNo workers should give their lives to do that, senator, and I think your characterization is unfair. We have provided enormous amounts of equipment, Mnuchin replied.

Mnuchin said he wanted to thank œall the essential workers, but Brown interrupted him, adding, œThanking is great, but is it fair our economy pays the essential workers so little in such work conditions?

Powell said new Treasury-backed Fed lending programs aimed at mid-size companies and municipal bond markets would be up and running by the beginning of June. Only a œfairly modest amount of money has gone out through the Fed credit programs so far.

The U.S. central bank has slashed interest rates to near zero and set up a broad network of programs to ensure financial markets continue to function during the pandemic. It has also established precedent-setting lending facilities for companies and the first-ever corporate bond purchases.

Source : Reuters

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Gold futures down a third straight session

Gold futures marked a third straight session decline on Wednesday, posting their lowest settlement in more than three weeks. Strength in the U.S. stock market, as well as smaller-than-expected private-sector job losses in May pressured prices for the haven metal. August gold fell by $29.20, or 1.7%, to settle at $1,704.80 an ounce. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since May 11, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold marks first gain in 4 sessions on weakness in U.S. dollar and stocks

Gold futures rose on Thursday, with prices posting their first gain in four sessions on the back of weakness in the U.S. stock market and the dollar, as investors digested policy actions by the European Central Bank. Gold for August delivery on Comex tacked on $22.60, or 1.3%, to settle at $1,727.40 an ounce, after trading as high as $1,729. Prices for the most-active contract tumbled 1.7% on Wednesday amid a strong rally in global equities. That decline marked a third straight loss for the...

Gold Under Pressure as Investors Snap Up Stocks, Dulling Demand for Havens

Gold lost ground Wednesday, unable to find traction higher as demand for equities dulls haven-related demand for the precious metal. Gold for August delivery on Comex was down $3.90, or 0.2%, at $1,730.20 an ounce. July silver was up 2 cents, or 0.1%, at $18.280 an ounce. Stock-index futures pointed to a higher start for U.S. equities, which have pushed back to early March levels on optimism over efforts to reopen the economy. Gold has failed to find much in the way of traditional haven...

Gold Declines as Investors Assess Recovery, Protests

Gold dropped for a second day as traders assessed the haven™s merits amid a rally in stocks and positive signs from economies reopening, while also focusing on continued civil unrest across the U.S. Businesses are resuming operations worldwide, while manufacturing gauges are painting a more optimistic picture. Activity in China has recovered to 80% to 85% of pre-virus levels, according to Bloomberg Economics. Still, risks to growth remain, including simmering U.S.-China relations...

Gold Rises on Political Frictions, Weaker Dollar

Gold prices gained from last session™s fall on lingering political tensions and a weaker dollar, but were still near their lowest in over a week as equities were set to extend their gains on economic optimism. Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,703.67 per ounce, as of 0212 GMT. On Wednesday, it fell 1.7% to reach its lowest since May 27. U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,704.90. The European Central Bank is certain to give more stimulus, with the only question being timing ” whether later on...

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