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Gold Prices Flat; Traders Looking for Next Catalyst

Gold is flat in early Asian trade. Traders are most likely looking for the next catalyst that will lift gold prices, AxiTrader says. Meanwhile, gold is likely to remain supported by recent weak global economic data and risks related to U.S.-China trade tensions in the near term, it says. Spot gold is flat at $1,490.57/oz. Source : Bloomberg

Asian Share Markets Cautious, Pound Stumbles on Brexit Drama

Asian stocks were steady in a cautious start to the week on Monday, while the British pound fell following a delay to a crucial vote on Britain's divorce from the European Union. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, with Australian shares off down 0.3%. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.13%. The Brexit maelstrom, worries over slowing global growth and international trade frictions have kept investors on edge over recent months. Oil futures fell as lingering economic...

Oil Prices Dip on Weak Demand Outlook, Supply Concerns

Oil prices eased on Monday amid persistent concerns about the global economic outlook and the impact on oil demand, while Russia again missed its target to cut oil output last month. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures fell by 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $59.32 a barrel by 01:08 GMT. U.S. crude oil futures were down by 9 cents, or 0.2%, to $53.69. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other oil producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed in December to...

Palladium Eyes $1,800 as Rally Resumes; Gold Drifts

Palladium resumed its upward march after a brief retreat late last week, boosted by concerns over South African mine supply in an already tight market. The metal, used to curb emissions from vehicle engines, reached a record $1,784.94 an ounce on Oct. 17. Gold is little changed as investors weigh the latest trade and Brexit developments ahead of the Federal Reserve™s monetary policy decision at the end of this month. Money managers have decreased their bullish gold bets to a...

Hong Kong: Stocks Rise in Opening Trade

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains after China's top negotiator hailed "substantial progress" in pushing through a partial trade deal with the United States. The Hang Seng Index added 0.08 per cent, or 21.84 points, to 26,741.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.14 per cent, or 4.24 points, to 2,933.90 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was marginally higher, gaining 0.63 points to 1,616.09. Source : AFP

Iraqi President Condemns Attacks on Protesters
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 23:39 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned attacks on anti-government protesters and media after a week of demonstrations and related clashes left more than 100 people dead and 6,000 wounded.

He called those committing the violence criminals and enemies, and used a televised address Monday to call for a halt to the escalation.

Salih said Iraq had experienced enough destruction, bloodshed, wars and terrorism.

The military admitted earlier Monday to using "excessive force" in confronting protesters in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.

The government took the step of removing security forces from the area and handing over patrols to police.  Officials also pledged to hold accountable any member of the security forces who "acted wrongly."

The protests in Baghdad and in several southern Iraqi cities have grown from initial demands for jobs and improved city services, such as water and power, to calls now to end corruption in the oil-rich country of nearly 40 million people.

Iraq's cabinet issued a new reform plan early Sunday in an effort to respond to the protests that have taken authorities by surprise.

After meeting through the night Saturday, cabinet officials released a series of planned reforms, which addressed land distributions and military enlistments as well as increasing welfare stipends for poor families and training programs for unemployed youth.

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told his cabinet late Saturday in televised remarks that he is willing to meet with protesters and hear their demands. He called on the protesters to end their demonstrations.

Former Shi'ite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads the largest opposition bloc in parliament, called Friday for the government to resign and said "early elections should be held under U.N. supervision."

Source : VOA

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Gold Prices Flat; Traders Looking for Next Catalyst

Gold is flat in early Asian trade. Traders are most likely looking for the next catalyst that will lift gold prices, AxiTrader says. Meanwhile, gold is likely to remain supported by recent weak global economic data and risks related to U.S.-China trade tensions in the near term, it says. Spot gold is flat at $1,490.57/oz. Source : Bloomberg

Asian Share Markets Cautious, Pound Stumbles on Brexit Drama

Asian stocks were steady in a cautious start to the week on Monday, while the British pound fell following a delay to a crucial vote on Britain's divorce from the European Union. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, with Australian shares off down 0.3%. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.13%. The Brexit maelstrom, worries over slowing global growth and international trade frictions have kept investors on edge over recent months. Oil futures fell as lingering economic...

Oil Prices Dip on Weak Demand Outlook, Supply Concerns

Oil prices eased on Monday amid persistent concerns about the global economic outlook and the impact on oil demand, while Russia again missed its target to cut oil output last month. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures fell by 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $59.32 a barrel by 01:08 GMT. U.S. crude oil futures were down by 9 cents, or 0.2%, to $53.69. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other oil producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed in December to...

Palladium Eyes $1,800 as Rally Resumes; Gold Drifts

Palladium resumed its upward march after a brief retreat late last week, boosted by concerns over South African mine supply in an already tight market. The metal, used to curb emissions from vehicle engines, reached a record $1,784.94 an ounce on Oct. 17. Gold is little changed as investors weigh the latest trade and Brexit developments ahead of the Federal Reserve™s monetary policy decision at the end of this month. Money managers have decreased their bullish gold bets to a...

Hong Kong: Stocks Rise in Opening Trade

Hong Kong stocks started Monday with small gains after China's top negotiator hailed "substantial progress" in pushing through a partial trade deal with the United States. The Hang Seng Index added 0.08 per cent, or 21.84 points, to 26,741.42. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.14 per cent, or 4.24 points, to 2,933.90 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was marginally higher, gaining 0.63 points to 1,616.09. Source : AFP

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