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Gold prices settle slightly higher Thursday

Gold prices notched a slight gain Thursday as investors focused on intensifying friction between the U.S. and China. Continued concerns about negative interest rates and a jump in flows in exchange-traded funds focused on gold also helped to push bullion higher. August gold ended $1.50, or 0.1%, higher at $1,728.30 an ounce. However, that finish was well off the intraday peak for bullion at $1,743.70 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Rises Friday and Set for Weekly Gain as Investors Await President Trump Statement on China

Gold futures headed higher for a second session Friday, putting gold prices on track for a modest weekly gain amid focus on U.S.-China tensions and global monetary stimulus measures. President Donald Trump said that he was preparing to hold a Friday news conference on China but hasn't set a specific time. His planned remarks would come after the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. governments issued a joint statement Thursday reiterating their "deep concern regarding Beijing's decision to...

Gold Edges Up On U.S.-China Tensions; Set For Second Monthly Gain

Gold inched up on Friday and was on track for its second monthly gain as deteriorating U.S.-China ties in a world reeling from the coronavirus pandemic rattled investors and fueled demand for the safe-haven metal. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,719.47 per ounce by 0342 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,717.60. However, the metal was down for the week, having dropped to a two-week low on Wednesday as easing lockdown measures around the world boosted hopes of an economic recovery. Source :...

Dollar In Narrow Range As Focus Shifts To Trump China Response

The dollar was hemmed into a narrow trading range on Friday as traders™ focus shifted to U.S. President Donald Trump™s response to China™s passage of a national security law for Hong Kong. The yuan pulled away from a record low in offshore trade, but investors remain nervous ahead of Trump™s announcement later on Friday of policy moves that could ignite a diplomatic row between Washington and Beijing. The greenback was on course for a weekly loss against major currencies as progress...

Powell Says The Fed is 'Days Away' from Making The First Loans in The Main Street Lending Facility

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank's long-awaited program to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses is about to get off the ground. The Main Street lending facility, which will target companies with up to 15,000 employees, has been difficult to set up but is just about ready, Powell told Princeton University economist and former Fed official Alan Blinder in a webinar interview Friday. "We're days away from making our first loans in Main Street, he said. "We...

Britain Accuses Iran of Trying to Block Oil Tanker in Gulf
Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:45 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Britain said Thursday that Iranian vessels tried to "impede the passage" of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz.

A government statement said three Iranian vessels were involved with the incident, and that they backed off when they received a warning from a British warship.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied Britain's accusation.  A statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency said Guards patrol boats carried out normal duties and had "no clashes with alien boats, especially English boats."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned Wednesday that Britain would face unspecified "consequences" over the seizure last week of an Iranian oil tanker suspected of transporting oil to Syria in violation of sanctions.

Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi described the seizure as an act of "stupidity ...a trait the American president has in spades and the British to some extent."

Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated between Iran and the United States and its allies since Washington stepped up economic sanctions against Tehran and moved to halt its oil exports as a part of a "maximum pressure" policy to force Iran to end actions deemed to undermine regional security.

Tensions began to heighten in May 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 agreement with Iran and a group of world powers to contain Tehran's nuclear program. In response, Iran recently exceeded uranium enrichment limits in violation of the agreement.

British Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt said the United Kingdom is concerned about Thursday's disputed incident and urged Iran to "desecalate the situation."

The U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain and the U.S. Central Command declined to comment but China and Russia, both signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, also called for restraint.

Source : VOA

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Gold prices settle slightly higher Thursday

Gold prices notched a slight gain Thursday as investors focused on intensifying friction between the U.S. and China. Continued concerns about negative interest rates and a jump in flows in exchange-traded funds focused on gold also helped to push bullion higher. August gold ended $1.50, or 0.1%, higher at $1,728.30 an ounce. However, that finish was well off the intraday peak for bullion at $1,743.70 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Rises Friday and Set for Weekly Gain as Investors Await President Trump Statement on China

Gold futures headed higher for a second session Friday, putting gold prices on track for a modest weekly gain amid focus on U.S.-China tensions and global monetary stimulus measures. President Donald Trump said that he was preparing to hold a Friday news conference on China but hasn't set a specific time. His planned remarks would come after the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. governments issued a joint statement Thursday reiterating their "deep concern regarding Beijing's decision to...

Gold Edges Up On U.S.-China Tensions; Set For Second Monthly Gain

Gold inched up on Friday and was on track for its second monthly gain as deteriorating U.S.-China ties in a world reeling from the coronavirus pandemic rattled investors and fueled demand for the safe-haven metal. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,719.47 per ounce by 0342 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,717.60. However, the metal was down for the week, having dropped to a two-week low on Wednesday as easing lockdown measures around the world boosted hopes of an economic recovery. Source :...

Dollar In Narrow Range As Focus Shifts To Trump China Response

The dollar was hemmed into a narrow trading range on Friday as traders™ focus shifted to U.S. President Donald Trump™s response to China™s passage of a national security law for Hong Kong. The yuan pulled away from a record low in offshore trade, but investors remain nervous ahead of Trump™s announcement later on Friday of policy moves that could ignite a diplomatic row between Washington and Beijing. The greenback was on course for a weekly loss against major currencies as progress...

Powell Says The Fed is 'Days Away' from Making The First Loans in The Main Street Lending Facility

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank's long-awaited program to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses is about to get off the ground. The Main Street lending facility, which will target companies with up to 15,000 employees, has been difficult to set up but is just about ready, Powell told Princeton University economist and former Fed official Alan Blinder in a webinar interview Friday. "We're days away from making our first loans in Main Street, he said. "We...

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