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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Record Number of U.S. COVID-19 Cases Boost Gold

Gold was up on Friday morning in Asia, with investors turning to the safe-haven after the U.S. saw a record number of daily COVID-19 cases. The U.S. reported over 60,000 cases on Thursday, with Texas, Florida and California among the states with record numbers of new cases. Gold futures were up by 0.15% at $1,806.50 by 12:29 AM ET (5:29 AM GMT), ending the week above the $1,800 mark. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues its global rampage, with over 12.2 million cases and 550,000 deaths globally...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Gold Heads for Fifth Weekly Advance Amid Virus Sparks

Gold hovered above its key $1,800-an-ounce mark, on course for a fifth weekly advance, as investors weighed concern over a resurgence in coronavirus cases hurting the global economy. Rising infections in the U.S. and Asia have supported havens like gold this week, even as the dollar firmed. Gold investors are also weighing mixed signs about the health of the U.S. labor market after data showed fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits, while Wells Fargo &...

Former Egyptian Ruler Mubarak Dead at 91
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:11 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91. His death was reported Tuesday by state television.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for almost 30 years before being swept from power in 2011 after 18 days of popular protests.

He rose through the ranks of the Egyptian air force, eventually becoming commander and deputy defense minister.

Mubarak was named President Anwar Sadat's deputy in 1975 and was at his side when Sadat was assassinated in October 1981 by Islamist militants.

The autocratic leader then assumed the presidency and retained power by positioning himself as a trusted Western ally who honored the 1979 peace treaty with Israel despite fierce opposition throughout most of the Middle East.

t home, Mubarak ruled with an iron fist, imposing Egypt's infamous emergency law, which gave security forces sweeping powers to crack down on dissent and curb basic freedoms.

Mubarak cracked down when Islamist extremists launched a violent campaign in the 1990s that killed hundreds of Egyptian policemen, soldiers and civilians, as well as dozens of foreign tourists.

The authoritarian president had long fought to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab world's largest transnational Islamist movement, which originated in Egypt. In doing so, he also marginalized moderate Islamists, alienating their supporters. Many accused him of corruption.

For three decades, Mubarak presided over an uneasy period of enforced stability and economic development.

In January 2011, mass protests against his government erupted in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. On February 1, the aging leader announced he would not seek re-election in a vote scheduled for September. He also promised constitutional reform, but Egyptians demanded more radical change in the wake of the Arab Spring movement beginning to sweep the region.

On February 11, 2011, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak was stepping down and that the military's supreme council would run the country. The defiant leader and his family fled to their Red Sea resort home.

Source : VOA

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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Record Number of U.S. COVID-19 Cases Boost Gold

Gold was up on Friday morning in Asia, with investors turning to the safe-haven after the U.S. saw a record number of daily COVID-19 cases. The U.S. reported over 60,000 cases on Thursday, with Texas, Florida and California among the states with record numbers of new cases. Gold futures were up by 0.15% at $1,806.50 by 12:29 AM ET (5:29 AM GMT), ending the week above the $1,800 mark. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues its global rampage, with over 12.2 million cases and 550,000 deaths globally...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Gold Heads for Fifth Weekly Advance Amid Virus Sparks

Gold hovered above its key $1,800-an-ounce mark, on course for a fifth weekly advance, as investors weighed concern over a resurgence in coronavirus cases hurting the global economy. Rising infections in the U.S. and Asia have supported havens like gold this week, even as the dollar firmed. Gold investors are also weighing mixed signs about the health of the U.S. labor market after data showed fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits, while Wells Fargo &...

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