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Gold futures pull back from a fresh 9-year peak, but hold above $1,800 an ounce

Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September 2011, but the haven metal held ground above $1,800 an ounce after data showed weekly U.S. jobless claims remained well above one million. August gold fell $16.80, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,803.80 an ounce, a day after the most-active contract rose 0.6% to settle at $1,820.60, the highest since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Prices on Thursday touched a low of...

Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar rises from four-week low as US stocks retreat

The dollar rallied from a four-week low in choppy trading on Thursday, enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal, as U.S. stocks fell with market sentiment turning cautious as the United States hit another record high on new coronavirus cases. The euro, meanwhile, fell from a one-month high versus the dollar, while commodity currencies, which tend to rise when there's higher risk appetite also slid against the greenback. Some analysts said dollar sentiment turned higher after the U.S....

Hong Kong Stocks Close On Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished with more gains on Thursday, in line with advances across Asia following another record-breaking lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.98 points, to 26,210.16. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.39 percent, or 47.15 points, to 3,450.59 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 2.70 percent, or 59.33 points, to 2257.95. Source : AFP

Oil falls, with U.S. benchmark settling back under $40 as coronavirus concerns swirl

Oil futures fell on Thursday, with U.S. benchmark prices settling back below $40 a barrel, as commodity traders contended with rising cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and some other countries that may threaten to unsettle demand for crude. August West Texas Intermediate crude fell by $1.28, or 3.1%, to settle at $39.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after climbing 0.7% on Wednesday. Prices finished Thursday at the lowest since for a front-month contract June 30, according to...

Australia Central Bank Pins Hope on Quicker Economic Recovery After Pandemic Shutdown

Australia™s central bank held rates at all-time lows on Tuesday and sounded less gloomy as the economy gradually re-opens during what is likely to be the worst quarter since the Great Depression.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left rates at 0.25% at its monthly policy meeting in a widely expected decision, and said the œaccommodative approach will be maintained as long as it is required.

In a short post-meeting statement Governor Philip Lowe said the RBA was prepared to scale up government bond purchases if needed to ensure three-year yields held around 25 basis points.

Australia™s A$2 trillion ($1.4 trillion) economy is experiencing its biggest contraction since the 1930s in the current quarter but œit is possible that the depth of the downturn will be less than earlier expected, Lowe added.

A significant decline in new infections, earlier-than-expected easing of restrictions and signs that hours worked stabilised in early May auger well for a recovery.

œThere has also been a pick-up in some forms of consumer spending, Lowe added.

States and territories across Australia have been easing social distancing regulations at differing paces in recent weeks, slowly ending a partial lockdown ordered in March, having largely contained the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia, which has about 7,200 coronavirus cases, has not reported a death from the disease for more than a week.

The country's success in containing the virus has sent the Aussie dollar AUD=D3 soaring to five-month highs. Yet, that is leaning against monetary stimulus and won't be welcome by the RBA.

The central bank made no mention of the exchange rate in the statement.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold futures pull back from a fresh 9-year peak, but hold above $1,800 an ounce

Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September 2011, but the haven metal held ground above $1,800 an ounce after data showed weekly U.S. jobless claims remained well above one million. August gold fell $16.80, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,803.80 an ounce, a day after the most-active contract rose 0.6% to settle at $1,820.60, the highest since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Prices on Thursday touched a low of...

Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar rises from four-week low as US stocks retreat

The dollar rallied from a four-week low in choppy trading on Thursday, enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal, as U.S. stocks fell with market sentiment turning cautious as the United States hit another record high on new coronavirus cases. The euro, meanwhile, fell from a one-month high versus the dollar, while commodity currencies, which tend to rise when there's higher risk appetite also slid against the greenback. Some analysts said dollar sentiment turned higher after the U.S....

Hong Kong Stocks Close On Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished with more gains on Thursday, in line with advances across Asia following another record-breaking lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.31 percent, or 80.98 points, to 26,210.16. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.39 percent, or 47.15 points, to 3,450.59 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 2.70 percent, or 59.33 points, to 2257.95. Source : AFP

Oil falls, with U.S. benchmark settling back under $40 as coronavirus concerns swirl

Oil futures fell on Thursday, with U.S. benchmark prices settling back below $40 a barrel, as commodity traders contended with rising cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and some other countries that may threaten to unsettle demand for crude. August West Texas Intermediate crude fell by $1.28, or 3.1%, to settle at $39.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after climbing 0.7% on Wednesday. Prices finished Thursday at the lowest since for a front-month contract June 30, according to...

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