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Gold Futures Post a Gain For a 4th Week in a Row

Gold futures rallied Friday, with China™s plan for retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods helping to boost investor interest in the haven metal. "Gold is likely to be most volatile during FOMC meetings and days (like today) when we receive a barrage of tweets from President [Donald] Trump and headlines concerning global trade," said Matthew Miller, equity analyst at CFRA Research. "The news regarding China's trade retaliation and [Trump's] multiple tweets attacking the Federal Reserve are...

Powell: U.S. in 'favorable' place, Fed will 'act as appropriate'

The U.S. economy is in a "favorable place" and the Federal Reserve will "act as appropriate" to keep the current economic expansion on track, Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in remarks that gave few clues about whether the central bank will cut interest rates at its next meeting or not. The chair, under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates soon and deeply, listed a series of economic and geopolitical risks that the Fed is monitoring ” many of them, Powell noted, linked...

Gold set for worst week in nearly 5 months; Powell's speech in focus

Gold eased on Friday and was set for its worst week in nearly five months, as lack of clarity from the U.S. Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rate cuts triggered investors to cash in some gains ahead of Jerome Powell's speech at Jackson Hole. Spot gold was down 0.2% to $1,495.80 per ounce, as of 08:05 GMT. The metal has lost nearly 1.2% so far this week, on track for its biggest weekly percentage decline since March 29. U.S. gold futures also slipped 0.2% to $1,505.50 an...

Gold prices head lower, set to snap weekly streak of gains ahead of Powell speech

Gold futures on Friday headed modestly lower ahead of much-awaited speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell near Jackson Hole, Wyo., which could provide some insights about health of the U.S. economy and the path of monetary policy ” key drivers for commodities. Powell is set to speak Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Powell's speech comes after Kansas City Fed Esther George and the Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, said on CNBC that they would like to hold interest rates...

Abe: Seoul's Ending of Intelligence Deal Damages Mutual Trust

Japan's prime minister said Friday that South Korea's decision to end a military intelligence sharing deal with Tokyo damages mutual trust. Shinzo Abe, speaking a day after Seoul announced its decision, said Tokyo œwill continue to closely coordinate with the U.S. to ensure regional peace and prosperity, as well as Japan's security. In an escalation of its bitter dispute with Japan, South Korea decided Thursday to scrap its military intelligence sharing agreement with Tokyo, opening a...

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Says His Top Aide Detained
Friday, 22 March 2019 05:08 WIB | GLOBAL |

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido says intelligence agents have detained his chief of staff.

Guaido's aide, Roberto Marrero, reportedly was taken into custody in an overnight raid on his home.

"We do not know his whereabouts," Guaido wrote of Marrero in an early morning Twitter post. "He must be released immediately."

Also, opposition lawmaker Sergio Vergara's home was searched but he was not detained.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido both claim to be the legitimate president of the South American country.

The United States has frequently warned Maduro's socialist government from arresting Guaido or his aides. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly denounced the actions and demanded that Marrero be released.

"We call for his immediate release," Pompeo said on Twitter. "We will hold accountable those involved."

U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday that "all options" are under consideration to oust Maduro from office, suggesting military action if necessary.

Guaido declared himself interim president on January 23rd. He has the support of the U.S. and about 50 other countries, primarily in Latin America.

Maduro is supported by Russia and Cuba, retains the allegiance of the military's leadership and maintains control of state apparatus.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately comment on the overnight operation.

and Hunger

The oil-rich country's economy has contracted sharply in recent years and inflation has exceeded 2 million percent. The dire economic conditions have fueled malnutrition and disease and triggered an exodus of more than 3 million citizens since 2015.

Economic conditions are expected to worsen when the U.S., Venezuela's largest crude oil customer, imposes a ban on all oil sales to the U.S. on April 28.

Maduro contends his government has been victimized by an "economic war" led by political opponents and blames previous U.S. financial and oil sanctions for the country's economic crisis.

Source : VOA

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Gold Futures Post a Gain For a 4th Week in a Row

Gold futures rallied Friday, with China™s plan for retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods helping to boost investor interest in the haven metal. "Gold is likely to be most volatile during FOMC meetings and days (like today) when we receive a barrage of tweets from President [Donald] Trump and headlines concerning global trade," said Matthew Miller, equity analyst at CFRA Research. "The news regarding China's trade retaliation and [Trump's] multiple tweets attacking the Federal Reserve are...

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Gold set for worst week in nearly 5 months; Powell's speech in focus

Gold eased on Friday and was set for its worst week in nearly five months, as lack of clarity from the U.S. Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rate cuts triggered investors to cash in some gains ahead of Jerome Powell's speech at Jackson Hole. Spot gold was down 0.2% to $1,495.80 per ounce, as of 08:05 GMT. The metal has lost nearly 1.2% so far this week, on track for its biggest weekly percentage decline since March 29. U.S. gold futures also slipped 0.2% to $1,505.50 an...

Gold prices head lower, set to snap weekly streak of gains ahead of Powell speech

Gold futures on Friday headed modestly lower ahead of much-awaited speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell near Jackson Hole, Wyo., which could provide some insights about health of the U.S. economy and the path of monetary policy ” key drivers for commodities. Powell is set to speak Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Powell's speech comes after Kansas City Fed Esther George and the Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, said on CNBC that they would like to hold interest rates...

Abe: Seoul's Ending of Intelligence Deal Damages Mutual Trust

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