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Gold Edges Up as Geopolitics Take Control of Trade

Investors managed to push gold higher Thursday instead of completely embracing risk, as doubts remained about whether the U.K. will get parliament ratification for its Brexit deal, but Turkey agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled up $4.30, or 0.3%, at $1,498.30 per ounce. In post-settlement trade, gold futures were up just $1.45, or 0.1%, at $1,495.45, at 3:27 PM ET (19:27 GMT) after scaling $1,501.05 at the intraday high. Spot gold was up $1.83, or...

Hong Kong stocks finish on the up (Review)

Hong Kong shares finished on a positive note Thursday as more weak US data raised hopes for another interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.69 percent, or 184.21 points, to 26,848.49. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.05 percent, or 1.38 points, to 2,977.33, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was barely changed, inching up 0.27 points to 1,635.92. Sumber : AFP

Oil Up as U.S. Fuels Drawdown Offsets Huge Crude Build

Oil prices rose on Thursday as traders looked beyond a whopping jump in weekly U.S. crude inventories to focus on plummeting fuel stockpiles as the maintenance season for refineries caused an unusual deficit in oil products. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled up 57 cents, or 1%, at $53.93 per barrel. U.K. Brent oil closed up 49 cents, or 0.8%, at $59.91. An easing of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East also didn't keep oil down. Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in...

Gold Steady Ahead of Brexit Talks; Weak US Data Lends Support

Gold prices were nearly steady on Thursday as traders refrained from making any big bets in the absence of fresh developments on the Sino-U.S. trade war front and Brexit negotiations, while weak U.S. retail sales data provided support. Spot gold rose 0.1% to $1,490.81 per ounce as of 0630 GMT. U.S. gold futures inched 0.1% higher to $1,494.90. Market participants look for updates on the U.S.-China trade talks. Trade negotiators were working on nailing down a Phase 1 trade deal text for their...

U.S. Stocks Gain On Upbeat Earnings, Geopolitical News

Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments. A broad-based rally led all three major U.S. stock averages to moderate gains. Britain and the European Union agreed to a severance deal, moving closer toward wrapping up three years of uncertainties after Britons voted to leave the bloc. Upbeat statements from Beijing and Washington fueled hopes that a phased agreement could ease the...

Trump Says US Reaches Trade Deals with Japan, No Vote Needed
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:44 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the United States has reached initial trade agreements with Japan on tariff barriers and digital trade that will not require congressional approval.

In a letter to the U.S. Congress released by the White House, Trump said that he intends to enter into the agreements "in the coming weeks" and was notifying lawmakers that the tariff deal would be made under a trade law provision allowing the U.S. president to make reciprocal tariff reductions by proclamation.

"In addition, I also will be entering into an Executive Agreement with Japan regarding digital trade," Trump said in the letter.

A spokesman for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer could not immediately be reached for comment on the letter and the trade deals.

Neither agreement would require a vote in Congress under the so-called "fast track" approval process. The Trump administration last year notified Congress that it would pursue negotiations with Japan under this method.

But over much of the past year, the scope of talks have narrowed to exclude the automotive sector, which is the source of most of the $67 billion U.S. trade deficit with Japan.

Instead, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August announced an agreement in principle of a deal that covered reductions in tariffs on agricultural and industrial goods, but not autos.

The two leaders said at the G7 summit in France that they hoped to sign the agreement at this month's United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Trump's letter did not disclose any contents of the agreements, but Japan had previously said it was willing to consider a deal that would reduce agriculture tariffs to levels previously contemplated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that Trump quit on his third day in office in 2017.

Trump's letter said that the United States would pursue further trade negotiations with Japan.

"My Administration looks forward to continued collaboration with the Congress on further negotiations with Japan to achieve a comprehensive trade agreement that results in more fair and reciprocal trade between the United States and Japan," Trump said.

U.S. technology industry officials say they expect the digital trade agreement with Japan to be closely aligned with provisions in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which follow the U.S. model for internet development.

The USMCA provisions aim to ensure the free flow of data across borders without taxation, prohibit data server localization requirements and limit governments' ability to require the disclosure of source code by the companies they regulate.

Announcement of the Japan agreement also left unclear whether Trump has agreed not to impose threatened national security tariffs on Japanese vehicles and auto parts. Avoiding the "Section 232" tariffs of up to 25% was a major motivating factor for Tokyo in negotiating with Washington on trade.

Trump said after the G7 summit last month that he was not considering auto tariffs "at this moment."

For Trump, the signing of even a partial trade deal with Japan centered largely on agriculture would provide some relief to U.S. farmers who have been battered by a 14-month U.S.-China trade war and lost market share.

Source : VOA

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Gold Edges Up as Geopolitics Take Control of Trade

Investors managed to push gold higher Thursday instead of completely embracing risk, as doubts remained about whether the U.K. will get parliament ratification for its Brexit deal, but Turkey agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled up $4.30, or 0.3%, at $1,498.30 per ounce. In post-settlement trade, gold futures were up just $1.45, or 0.1%, at $1,495.45, at 3:27 PM ET (19:27 GMT) after scaling $1,501.05 at the intraday high. Spot gold was up $1.83, or...

Hong Kong stocks finish on the up (Review)

Hong Kong shares finished on a positive note Thursday as more weak US data raised hopes for another interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.69 percent, or 184.21 points, to 26,848.49. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.05 percent, or 1.38 points, to 2,977.33, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was barely changed, inching up 0.27 points to 1,635.92. Sumber : AFP

Oil Up as U.S. Fuels Drawdown Offsets Huge Crude Build

Oil prices rose on Thursday as traders looked beyond a whopping jump in weekly U.S. crude inventories to focus on plummeting fuel stockpiles as the maintenance season for refineries caused an unusual deficit in oil products. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled up 57 cents, or 1%, at $53.93 per barrel. U.K. Brent oil closed up 49 cents, or 0.8%, at $59.91. An easing of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East also didn't keep oil down. Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in...

Gold Steady Ahead of Brexit Talks; Weak US Data Lends Support

Gold prices were nearly steady on Thursday as traders refrained from making any big bets in the absence of fresh developments on the Sino-U.S. trade war front and Brexit negotiations, while weak U.S. retail sales data provided support. Spot gold rose 0.1% to $1,490.81 per ounce as of 0630 GMT. U.S. gold futures inched 0.1% higher to $1,494.90. Market participants look for updates on the U.S.-China trade talks. Trade negotiators were working on nailing down a Phase 1 trade deal text for their...

U.S. Stocks Gain On Upbeat Earnings, Geopolitical News

Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments. A broad-based rally led all three major U.S. stock averages to moderate gains. Britain and the European Union agreed to a severance deal, moving closer toward wrapping up three years of uncertainties after Britons voted to leave the bloc. Upbeat statements from Beijing and Washington fueled hopes that a phased agreement could ease the...

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