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Gold prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

China Eyes Australian Donkey Exports
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:58 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The Northern Territory government in Australia says it has been approached by nearly 50 Chinese companies looking to buy land to start donkey farms. Demand for donkey products, especially donkey-hide gelatin is increasing in China, while global supplies are falling.

The Northern Territory government has bought a small herd of wild donkeys for its research station near the outback town of Katherine. Earlier this a month of delegation of Chinese business people visited the facility, and up to 50 companies from China have expressed interest in buying land to set up donkey farms.

It is estimated there are up to 60,000 wild donkeys in the Northern Territory. Donkeys were brought to Australia from Africa as pack animals in the 1860s, and many were released when they were no longer needed. For years feral donkeys have been considered a major pest by farmers.The animals trample native vegetation, spread weeds and compete with domestic cattle for food and water.

Now the authorities believe there are economic benefits in captive donkey herds.

Alister Trier, the head of the Northern Territory's department of primary industry believes the donkey trade has a bright future.

"My feel[ing] is the industry will develop but it will not displace the cattle industry, for example, I just do not think that will happen.What it will do is add some diversification opportunities for the use of pastoral land and Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory," said Trier.

In China, donkey skins are boiled down to make gelatin, which is then used in alternative Chinese medicines and cosmetics.

Animal rights campaigners are pressuring the authorities not to allow the live export of donkeys to China, claiming that conditions in transit would be cruel and unacceptable.

Activists also insist that donkeys' health suffers when they are kept in large herds.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Australia wants the donkey skin trade stopped altogether because of concerns the animals are being skinned alive overseas and treated with extreme cruelty.

Source: voanews

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold prices settle at lowest in 5 weeks

Gold prices settled with a loss on Wednesday, as strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields and some gains in the stock market combined to push the precious metal to its lowest finish in five weeks. June gold declined by $10.20, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,322.80 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 21. Source: Marketwatch

Oil prices end higher on bets the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran

Oil futures ended higher Wednesday, buoyed by the possibility that the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on Iran. The deadline for the U.S. decision on whether to extend waivers on Iranian sanctions is May 12. If sanctions are reimposed, that may contribute to tighter global supplies. June West Texas Intermediate crude rose 14 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $68.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: marketwatch

Gold prices extend losses to finish at another 5-week low

Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Thursday to again finish at their lowest level in about five weeks. June gold declined by $4.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,317.90 an ounce-the lowest for a most-active contract since March 20. The precious metal failed to find support from a pullback in U.S. Treasury yields, as strength in the U.S. dollar and gains in the stock market helped dull demand for gold. Source: Marketwatch

Dollar hits 3-month high as 10-year yield rises above 3%

The U.S. dollar broadly advanced Wednesday, resuming its recent uptrend inspired by higher Treasury yields, as the 10-year yield pushed further above 3%. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the buck against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.4% to 91.156, its highest level since mid-January according to FactSet data. On Tuesday, the index fell 0.2%. The WSJ Dollar Index which measures the greenback against a wider basket of currencies, gained 0.4% to 85.20, also its highest since...

Tokyo Stocks Open Higher on Cheaper Yen

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday, as a cheaper yen helped boost market sentiment with investors pursuing shares in companies expected to report brisk earnings. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.32 percent, or 70.42 points, to 22,285.74 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.27 percent, or 4.69 points, at 1,772.42. Source : AFP

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