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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

Hong Kong Stocks Start on Negative Note

Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

Tokyo Stocks Open Lower

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Gold Prices Rise on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices rose on Monday in Asia after landing a second-straight week of gains as traders expect a U.S. rate cut this month. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up 0.1% to $1,427.75 by 12:15 AM ET (04:15 GMT). The yellow metal was supported by IMF™s comments that the U.S. dollar is overvalued, and U.S. President Donald Trump™s call for lower interest rates. On Friday, the President accused the Federal Reserve of...

Asia Stocks Dip on Likely Smaller Fed Rate Cut, Oil Gains

Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

As Tariff Threat Looms, US-Mexico Discuss Migration
Friday, 7 June 2019 23:44 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. and Mexican officials return to the negotiating table Friday to find a way to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S. southern border that is threatening trade between the neighboring countries.

The U.S. pushed Mexico on Thursday to do more to curb the surge of Central American migrants headed north to the U.S., with President Donald Trump renewing his threat to impose a 5% tariff on imported goods from Mexico next week if no agreement is reached.

Trump's trade wars with Mexico and other countries appear to have spooked American companies into putting the brakes on hiring, as they added just 75,000 jobs in May, far fewer than the 180,000 economists expected, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Although the jobless rate held steady at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent, Friday's figures are the latest signal the U.S. economy, while healthy, is weakening. Manufacturers, which are particularly sensitive to trade disputes, added only 3,000 jobs, extending an anemic streak of hiring in the sector.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that initial talks with Mexico this week were positive, but he said the U.S. wants Mexico to increase its efforts to curb the flow of thousands of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador looking for a better life in the U.S. and an escape from poverty and violence in their homelands.

"We welcomed the efforts of the Mexican officials to offer solutions to the crisis at our southern border, but we need Mexico to do more," Pence said.

Trump, in Europe for D-Day commemorative events, said the latest talks were being held "with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule" that could push the taxes to 25 percent on an array of products by October.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard held meetings with U.S. officials at the State Department, while other negotiators from both countries met at the White House.

"We're not done yet," Ebrard said. "I think we are advancing."

The officials are discussing a deal calling for Mexico to sharply increase patrols of its border with Guatemala to curb migration, The Washington Post reported, with the deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops. The newspaper said Mexico and the U.S. could overhaul asylum rules throughout the region, requiring Central Americans to first seek refuge in Mexico rather than traveling through it to reach the U.S.

With such a plan in place, the United States could send Guatemala asylum seekers to Mexico, and those from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala.

Source : VOA

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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

Hong Kong Stocks Start on Negative Note

Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

Tokyo Stocks Open Lower

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Gold Prices Rise on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices rose on Monday in Asia after landing a second-straight week of gains as traders expect a U.S. rate cut this month. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up 0.1% to $1,427.75 by 12:15 AM ET (04:15 GMT). The yellow metal was supported by IMF™s comments that the U.S. dollar is overvalued, and U.S. President Donald Trump™s call for lower interest rates. On Friday, the President accused the Federal Reserve of...

Asia Stocks Dip on Likely Smaller Fed Rate Cut, Oil Gains

Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

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