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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Gold Marks First Loss in 4 Sessions

Gold futures settled with a loss on Thursday, their first in four sessions, a day after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected cut in interest rates, but raised doubts over the outlook for further monetary easing this year. "The Fed is, without a doubt, a headwind at this juncture," said Adam Koos, president of Libertas Wealth Management Group. "However, the [stock] market testing summer highs is putting a damper on the fear trade," and haven demand for gold. December gold declined...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

Gold loses ground after Fed delivers 'hawkish cut' to interest rates

Gold was modestly lower Thursday, building on a loss seen a day earlier after the Federal Reserve delivered a widely expected interest rate cut but left traders uncertain on the outlook for further monetary easing. Gold for December delivery on Comex fell $6.80, or 0.4%, to $1,509 an ounce, while December silver was up a penny at $17.92 an ounce. Gold finished regular trading with a gain on Wednesday, but lost ground in electronic trade after the Fed decision. As expected, policy makers cut...

US Tests 1st Ground Missile Previously Banned in Dissolved Arms Treaty
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:17 WIB | GLOBAL |AmerikaGlobalRusia

The Pentagon says the U.S. military has tested a ground-based cruise missile with a range that would have been banned just three weeks ago. The missile, launched Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California, "accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight," the Pentagon announced in a news release Monday.

"Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities," it added.

The United States previously was unable to pursue ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers because of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a decades-old arms control pact with Russia.

Washington withdrew from that pact on Aug. 2, citing years of Russian violations.

The Pentagon stressed that the cruise missile was configured to carry a conventional payload, not a nuclear weapon.

New Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said that if the U.S. military develops a fully operational mobile ground-launched cruise missile system, he wants to see American ground-based intermediate-range conventional missiles deployed to Asia.

Speaking to reporters earlier this month on his first international trip as head of the Defense Department, Esper said the weapons were important due to the "the great distances" covered in the Indo-Pacific region.

"It's about time that we were unburdened by the treaty and kind of allowed to pursue our own interests, and our NATO allies share that view as well," Esper said.

He declined to discuss when or where in Asia the missiles could be deployed until the weapons were ready, but said he hoped the deployments come within months.

While analysts have primarily focused on what the INF treaty withdrawal means for signatory nations Russia and the United States, the change also allows the United States to strengthen its position against China.

Esper said more than 80 percent of China's missile inventory has a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

Source : VOA

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Gold Posts Third Straight Gain Ahead of Fed Policy Decision

Gold posted a third straight gain before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are widely expected to cut interest rates Wednesday. The Fed meeting comes amid increased volatility in the U.S. money markets that raises the odds for the central bank to expand its balance sheet. From 2008 to 2011, the Fed bought $2.3 trillion of debt, sending gold to a record that year. Bullion prices also advanced as investors weighed the impact of...

Gold Marks First Loss in 4 Sessions

Gold futures settled with a loss on Thursday, their first in four sessions, a day after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected cut in interest rates, but raised doubts over the outlook for further monetary easing this year. "The Fed is, without a doubt, a headwind at this juncture," said Adam Koos, president of Libertas Wealth Management Group. "However, the [stock] market testing summer highs is putting a damper on the fear trade," and haven demand for gold. December gold declined...

Oil Steadies as Saudis Pledge Swift Return of Lost Production

Oil held its decline from the dramatic spike earlier in the week as supply assurances from Saudi Arabia and the International Energy Agency calmed the market after the devastating weekend attacks. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $58.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:09 a.m. in Singapore. It dropped 2.1% Wednesday following a 5.7% decline on Tuesday. Brent for November settlement added 6 cents...

Hong Kong Shares Fall For Third Day

Hong Kong stocks finished Wednesday with losses, extending a sell-off to a third day as traders fret over the impact of protests on the city, while they are awaiting a key Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.13 percent, or 36.12 points, to 26,754.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.25 percent, or 7.54 points, to 2,985.66 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.26 percent, or 4.26...

Gold loses ground after Fed delivers 'hawkish cut' to interest rates

Gold was modestly lower Thursday, building on a loss seen a day earlier after the Federal Reserve delivered a widely expected interest rate cut but left traders uncertain on the outlook for further monetary easing. Gold for December delivery on Comex fell $6.80, or 0.4%, to $1,509 an ounce, while December silver was up a penny at $17.92 an ounce. Gold finished regular trading with a gain on Wednesday, but lost ground in electronic trade after the Fed decision. As expected, policy makers cut...

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