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.
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...
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...
Oil prices dropped on Friday and were headed for weekly declines as inventories rose and record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States stoked concern about the pace of economic recovery and fuel demand.
Brent crude was down by 46 cents, or 1.1%, at $41.89 a barrel, and U.S. oil fell 51 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.11 a barrel.
Brent was set for a weekly decline of almost 2% and U.S. crude for a fall of almost 4%.
More than 60,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States...
Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, with investors also spooked by fresh infections in the city that have led to the reimposition of containment measures including school closures.
The Hang Seng Index shed 1.84 percent, or 482.75 points, to 25,727.41.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.95 percent, or 67.27 points, to 3,383.32 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange lost 0.31 percent, or 6.95 points, to...