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Gold prices finish lower as some upbeat economic data dull haven demand

Gold futures gave up earlier gains to finish lower on Thursday, as some upbeat U.S. economic data dulled haven demand for the precious metal. Prices also declined on the back of further gains in U.S. benchmark stock indexes, which followed the completion Wednesday of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China and the Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Thursday. Gold for February delivery on Comex declined by $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,550.50 an...

Gold Prices Aim for Back-to-Back Gain as Dollar and Bond Yields Retreat

Gold futures on Thursday headed for their highest close in about a week, extending a climb from Wednesday following the completion of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China. Gold for February delivery on Comex edged up $3.30, or 0.2%, at $1,556.80 an ounce, after the metal settled 0.6% higher a day ago. Gold is on pace for its best gain since Jan. 10, according to FactSet data. March silver, meanwhile, picked up 4 cents, or 0.2%, at $18.025 an ounce, after gold™s sister...

Oil futures end higher as U.S. trade deals raise expectations for energy demand

Oil futures ended higher on Thursday, with prices bouncing back after settling a day earlier at their lowest level since December. The U.S. and China made the first phase of their trade deal official on Wednesday and the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday, boosting prospects for U.S. energy demand. February West Texas Intermediate oil tacked on 71 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $58.52 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: Marketwatch

Hong Kong Stocks Finish with Gains (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed Thursday on a positive note, having fluctuated through the day after China and the United States finally signed their trade deal, with investors poring over the details. The Hang Seng index added 0.38 percent, or 109.45 points, to close at 28,883.04. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.52 percent, or 15.96 points, to 3,074.08 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.15 percent, or 2.64 points, to...

Dollar Calm; Focus on Emerging Central Banks

The U.S. dollar is largely unchanged in European trade early Thursday, as a degree of calm prevails following the signing of the Sino-U.S. trade deal. At 03:25 ET (08:25 GMT), the euro traded at $1.1155, up 0.1%, while sterling stood at $1.3046, up 0.1%. The dollar traded at 110.05 yen, up 0.1%. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of developed market currencies, was down 0.1% at 96.910. That signing of the much-anticipated phase one trade agreement between the U.S....

Minorities in Pakistan Wait as Hard-Line Islamic Cleric Indicted
Friday, 6 December 2019 17:05 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Minorities in Pakistan are anxiously awaiting the final court ruling against a hardline cleric who was indicted last month on charges of sedition and terrorism for inciting nationwide protests in Pakistan.

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan's Punjab province formally charged Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an extremist political party, but has not yet given a date for its final ruling.

Analysts predict that it will take some time, given the sensitivity of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

ATC was established in 1998 as a separate court, under former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government to address crimes related to terror in a speedy manner. 

The latest indictment against Rizvi comes a year after Pakistan's Supreme Court's decision in 2018 in which Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of committing blasphemy, was acquitted of the charges. Rizvi's party took issue with the ruling, demanding that the court proceed with the initial charges and sentence Bibi to death for insulting the prophet of Islam.

After spearheading large protests in the country that blocked several cities, the government last year took measures, cracked down on TLP's members, and arrested its leader, Rizvi after he openly urged his supporters to target the Supreme Court judges for their decision in Asia's case.

Source : VOA

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold prices finish lower as some upbeat economic data dull haven demand

Gold futures gave up earlier gains to finish lower on Thursday, as some upbeat U.S. economic data dulled haven demand for the precious metal. Prices also declined on the back of further gains in U.S. benchmark stock indexes, which followed the completion Wednesday of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China and the Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Thursday. Gold for February delivery on Comex declined by $3.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,550.50 an...

Gold Prices Aim for Back-to-Back Gain as Dollar and Bond Yields Retreat

Gold futures on Thursday headed for their highest close in about a week, extending a climb from Wednesday following the completion of the first stage in a trade pact between the U.S. and China. Gold for February delivery on Comex edged up $3.30, or 0.2%, at $1,556.80 an ounce, after the metal settled 0.6% higher a day ago. Gold is on pace for its best gain since Jan. 10, according to FactSet data. March silver, meanwhile, picked up 4 cents, or 0.2%, at $18.025 an ounce, after gold™s sister...

Oil futures end higher as U.S. trade deals raise expectations for energy demand

Oil futures ended higher on Thursday, with prices bouncing back after settling a day earlier at their lowest level since December. The U.S. and China made the first phase of their trade deal official on Wednesday and the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday, boosting prospects for U.S. energy demand. February West Texas Intermediate oil tacked on 71 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $58.52 barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Source: Marketwatch

Hong Kong Stocks Finish with Gains (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed Thursday on a positive note, having fluctuated through the day after China and the United States finally signed their trade deal, with investors poring over the details. The Hang Seng index added 0.38 percent, or 109.45 points, to close at 28,883.04. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.52 percent, or 15.96 points, to 3,074.08 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.15 percent, or 2.64 points, to...

Dollar Calm; Focus on Emerging Central Banks

The U.S. dollar is largely unchanged in European trade early Thursday, as a degree of calm prevails following the signing of the Sino-U.S. trade deal. At 03:25 ET (08:25 GMT), the euro traded at $1.1155, up 0.1%, while sterling stood at $1.3046, up 0.1%. The dollar traded at 110.05 yen, up 0.1%. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of developed market currencies, was down 0.1% at 96.910. That signing of the much-anticipated phase one trade agreement between the U.S....

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