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Gold Futures Settle with a Modest Loss

Gold futures posted a modest loss on Tuesday, holding ground above the key $1,800 an ounce mark. Gold "definitely saw some profit taking but it is more wait and see" ahead of the next big catalyst or move, said James Hatzigiannis, chief market strategist at Ploutus Capital Advisors. There are a number of bullish developments for prices, however, including the increases in cases of coronavirus, which is supportive for the haven metal, he said. August gold fell 70 cents, or 0.04%, to settle at...

Gold Futures Post Their First Gain in 3 Sessions

Gold futures climbed on Monday to score their first gain in three sessions, moving back toward the nearly nine-year high they reached on Wednesday. Investors eyed the rising number of cases in the U.S., which lifted expectations for further central bank stimulus measures to offset the effects of the pandemic's hit to the economy. August gold rose $12.20, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,814.10 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14,...

Dollar Falls as U.S. Earning Season Kicks Off

The U.S. dollar edged lower on Monday as investors looked to domestic corporate earnings and upcoming retail data to gauge whether guarded optimism on the country's economic outlook is justified. The index that measures the dollar against a basket of six other major currencies - which often serves as a safe-haven for investors seeking high-quality assets in moments of market volatility - was down 0.31% in North American morning trade. The dollar ended its third week of losses on Friday as...

Dollar Falls on Rising Euro, Higher U.S. Stocks

The dollar fell in North American trade on Tuesday as the euro rose on optimism about the possibility of a European Union stimulus package and as U.S. stocks gained. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the safe-haven greenback against a basket of six rival currencies, was down 0.31% to 96.265. The weaker dollar was partly attributable to a move higher in the euro on hopes the European Union will agree on a rescue financing package that will limit the economic damage to the bloc from the...

Gold Holds Gain Above $1,800 as Silver Futures Advance

Gold held a two-day advance above $1,800 an ounce as investors tracked tensions between the U.S. and China, progress in developing a coronavirus vaccine, and the mixed outlook for the global economy. Silver futures neared $20 an ounce. President Donald Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong™s special status with the U.S., the latest escalation in tensions between the world™s largest economies. Trump also said he had no plans to speak with Chinese President Xi...

Top Iran Leader Says Trump is a 'Clown' Who Pretends Support
Friday, 17 January 2020 23:31 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Iran's supreme leader says its missile attack on U.S. troops in Iraq earlier this month was a "blow to America's image'' as a superpower, as he led prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said America had "cowardly'' killed the most effective commander in the fight against the Islamic State group when it killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.

In response, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles targeting U.S. troops in Iraq, without causing serious injuries. As Iran's Revolutionary Guard braced for an American counterattack that never came, it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian jetliner shortly after it took off from Tehran's international airport, killing all 176 passengers on board, mostly Iranians.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has held the country's top office since 1989 and has the final say on all major decisions. The 80-year-old leader openly wept at the funeral of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and vowed ''harsh retaliation'' against the United States.

Authorities concealed their role in the tragedy for three days, initially blaming the crash on a technical problem. Their admission of responsibility triggered days of street protests, which security forces dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have steadily escalated since President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which had imposed restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

The White House has since imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, including its vital oil and gas industry, pushing the country into an economic crisis that has ignited several waves of sporadic, leaderless protests. Trump has openly encouraged the protesters - even tweeting in Farsi - hoping that the protests and the sanctions will bring about fundamental change in a longtime adversary.

After Soleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iran announced it would no longer be bound by the limitations in the nuclear agreement. European countries who have been trying to salvage the deal responded earlier this week by invoking a dispute mechanism that is aimed at bringing Iran back into compliance and could result in even more sanctions.

Source : VOA

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Futures Settle with a Modest Loss

Gold futures posted a modest loss on Tuesday, holding ground above the key $1,800 an ounce mark. Gold "definitely saw some profit taking but it is more wait and see" ahead of the next big catalyst or move, said James Hatzigiannis, chief market strategist at Ploutus Capital Advisors. There are a number of bullish developments for prices, however, including the increases in cases of coronavirus, which is supportive for the haven metal, he said. August gold fell 70 cents, or 0.04%, to settle at...

Gold Futures Post Their First Gain in 3 Sessions

Gold futures climbed on Monday to score their first gain in three sessions, moving back toward the nearly nine-year high they reached on Wednesday. Investors eyed the rising number of cases in the U.S., which lifted expectations for further central bank stimulus measures to offset the effects of the pandemic's hit to the economy. August gold rose $12.20, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,814.10 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14,...

Dollar Falls as U.S. Earning Season Kicks Off

The U.S. dollar edged lower on Monday as investors looked to domestic corporate earnings and upcoming retail data to gauge whether guarded optimism on the country's economic outlook is justified. The index that measures the dollar against a basket of six other major currencies - which often serves as a safe-haven for investors seeking high-quality assets in moments of market volatility - was down 0.31% in North American morning trade. The dollar ended its third week of losses on Friday as...

Dollar Falls on Rising Euro, Higher U.S. Stocks

The dollar fell in North American trade on Tuesday as the euro rose on optimism about the possibility of a European Union stimulus package and as U.S. stocks gained. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the safe-haven greenback against a basket of six rival currencies, was down 0.31% to 96.265. The weaker dollar was partly attributable to a move higher in the euro on hopes the European Union will agree on a rescue financing package that will limit the economic damage to the bloc from the...

Gold Holds Gain Above $1,800 as Silver Futures Advance

Gold held a two-day advance above $1,800 an ounce as investors tracked tensions between the U.S. and China, progress in developing a coronavirus vaccine, and the mixed outlook for the global economy. Silver futures neared $20 an ounce. President Donald Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong™s special status with the U.S., the latest escalation in tensions between the world™s largest economies. Trump also said he had no plans to speak with Chinese President Xi...

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