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Gold futures log highest finish since September 2011

Gold futures marked their highest finish in nearly nine years, after climbing to nearly $1,810 an ounce during Tuesday's session. Prices had seen a "routine downside correction following recent gains" in early Tuesday action, that was "once again seen as a value-buying opportunity in the yellow metal, on strong notions more price appreciation lies ahead," said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, in a market update. August gold rose $16.40, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,809.90 an ounce. That...

Gold futures up a fourth straight session to mark another finish at the highest since 2011

Gold futures climbed for a fourth straight session on Wednesday to mark another finish at their highest since September 2011. The move for gold above $1,800 is not surprising given "so many positive price drivers in its favor, with the key player being negative real rates," said Peter Spina, president and chief executive officer at GoldSeek.com. He does not expect to see a meaningful pullback in gold until it breaks past $2,000. On Wednesday, August gold rose $10.70, or 0.6%, to settle at...

Gold Holds Gain Amid Virus Resurgence, Weaker Dollar

Gold held near the highest level in more than seven years on demand for haven assets amid the resurgence in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world, while the U.S. dollar slipped. The pace of new infections in Tokyo, Iran and elsewhere is raising concerns about a fresh wave. Australia™s two most-populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in cases. Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel...

Oil moves lower as Covid-19 cases spark demand fears

Oil prices fell on Tuesday amid concerns that a surge in new coronavirus cases, especially in the United States, will hamper any recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude futures declined by 24 cents, or 0.56%, to $42.86. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 1 cent, or 0.02%, to settle at $40.62 per barrel. œOil prices are lower today on concerns that the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. will limit a recovery in fuel demand, RBC said. Sixteen U.S. states have reported record...

Wall Street ends lower after strong recent rally as COVID cases mount

U.S. stocks eased on Tuesday as investors took profits a day after the S&P 500 logged its longest streak of gains this year and as new U.S. coronavirus cases rose further. Large parts of the United States reported tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections. New York expanded its travel quarantine for visitors from three more states, while Florida™s greater Miami area rolled back its reopening. Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 396.5 points, or 1.51%, to...

France's Macron Takes Drubbing in Local Elections, Greens Surge
Monday, 29 June 2020 17:53 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

France President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party received a drubbing Sunday in municipal elections, as the Greens celebrated victories in several big cities after a surge in support.

Macron had hoped the elections would help anchor his young party in towns and cities across France, including Paris, ahead of an anticipated 2022 reelection bid.

But aides had more recently been playing down expectations, and the sweeping wins by the Greens, who in some cities joined forces with leftist allies, may compel Macron to reshuffle his government to win back disenfranchised left-wing voters.

In a rare bright spot for Macron, his prime minister, Edouard Philippe, won his bid to become mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre. Although the French constitution allows Philippe to name someone to act as mayor while he remains prime minister, his win deepens questions over his job as premier.

Exit polls showed the Greens winning in Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Strasbourg, building on the momentum created by their strong performance in France in last year's European Parliament elections.

Yannick Jadot, a European Parliament lawmaker from the Europe Ecology - The Greens, hailed an historic victory.

In this second round of voting, turnout was low and people wore masks because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The first round was held just days before Macron imposed one of Europe's strictest lockdowns in mid-March.

Turnout was just 40.5%, interior ministry data showed.

The weak performance of Macron's La Republique en Marche will prompt much soul-searching for the president, who in the run-up to the vote said he wanted to reinvent his presidency with two years left in his mandate.

Early in his presidency, Macron's left-wing opponents derided him as a 'president of the rich' as he eased taxes on companies and relaxed worker protections as he enacted reforms to liberalize France's regulation-choked economy.

The reforms were bearing fruit: growth was robust among euro zone peers and stubbornly high unemployment was falling.

But the past three years have been mired in social unrest and the pandemic's impact is reversing some of Macron's hard-fought gains, as disillusion among the leftist faction of his party grows.

Source : VOA

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold futures log highest finish since September 2011

Gold futures marked their highest finish in nearly nine years, after climbing to nearly $1,810 an ounce during Tuesday's session. Prices had seen a "routine downside correction following recent gains" in early Tuesday action, that was "once again seen as a value-buying opportunity in the yellow metal, on strong notions more price appreciation lies ahead," said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, in a market update. August gold rose $16.40, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,809.90 an ounce. That...

Gold futures up a fourth straight session to mark another finish at the highest since 2011

Gold futures climbed for a fourth straight session on Wednesday to mark another finish at their highest since September 2011. The move for gold above $1,800 is not surprising given "so many positive price drivers in its favor, with the key player being negative real rates," said Peter Spina, president and chief executive officer at GoldSeek.com. He does not expect to see a meaningful pullback in gold until it breaks past $2,000. On Wednesday, August gold rose $10.70, or 0.6%, to settle at...

Gold Holds Gain Amid Virus Resurgence, Weaker Dollar

Gold held near the highest level in more than seven years on demand for haven assets amid the resurgence in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world, while the U.S. dollar slipped. The pace of new infections in Tokyo, Iran and elsewhere is raising concerns about a fresh wave. Australia™s two most-populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in cases. Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel...

Oil moves lower as Covid-19 cases spark demand fears

Oil prices fell on Tuesday amid concerns that a surge in new coronavirus cases, especially in the United States, will hamper any recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude futures declined by 24 cents, or 0.56%, to $42.86. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 1 cent, or 0.02%, to settle at $40.62 per barrel. œOil prices are lower today on concerns that the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. will limit a recovery in fuel demand, RBC said. Sixteen U.S. states have reported record...

Wall Street ends lower after strong recent rally as COVID cases mount

U.S. stocks eased on Tuesday as investors took profits a day after the S&P 500 logged its longest streak of gains this year and as new U.S. coronavirus cases rose further. Large parts of the United States reported tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections. New York expanded its travel quarantine for visitors from three more states, while Florida™s greater Miami area rolled back its reopening. Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 396.5 points, or 1.51%, to...

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