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Gold prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

Gold futures retreated on Monday, after a multiday rally as bullion, which has benefited from concerns about international trade clashes and a weakening global economy. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6%, to $1,337, after closing Friday action wit a weekly loss of 0.1% based on the most-active contract prices as of June 7, FactSet data show. Prices on Friday had climbed to as high as $1,362.20, the highest since April 2018. Some commodity strategists say the precious...

Oil extends last week's sharp retreat as demand worries sour sentiment

Crude oil futures prices fell Monday, with investors digesting worrisome demand updates issued last week and keeping tabs on typically price-supportive risks percolating in the Middle East. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell 58 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $51.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following two consecutive session gains. Meanwhile, August Brent crude dropped $1.07, or 1.7%, to $60.94 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe in Monday action....

USD/JPY: Tokyo open welcomes risk-on amid quiet trading

The USD/JPY pair trades little positive to 108.60 by the time Tokyo markets open on Monday. Even though lack of fresh developments concerning the US-China trade tussle and absence of major data confined market moves at the week™s start, the US Dollar (USD) pullback pleased buyers of ex-greenback majors during early Monday. India recently became the second Asian country, other than China, to levy tariffs on the US goods. The democratic country announced tariffs on 28 items from the US to...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Up after Law U-Turn (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed up Monday as investors cheered a decision by the city's government to suspend plans for a controversial extradition law. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.45 percent, or 122.00 points, to 27,240.35. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.20 percent, or 5.65 points, at 2,887.62, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, lost 0.20 percent, or 2.94 points, to 1,502.12. Source : AFP

Strong U.K. Wage Growth Continues Amid Tight Labor Market
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:53 WIB | ECONOMY |

British workers are enjoying a resurgence of bargaining power as labor shortages leave employers struggling to fill jobs.

Basic pay rose an annual 3.3% in the first quarter, close to the fastest pace since 2008, Office for National Statistics figures published Tuesday show. Pay including bonuses rose 3.2%. Wage growth was less than 3% a year ago.

The increase came as the number of people in work rose by 99,000, taking the jobless rate to a 44-year low of 3.8%. The employment rate stayed at a record high of 76.1%.

A buoyant labor market helps to explain the resilience of consumer spending, which along with Brexit stockpiling drove the economy last quarter. Wage growth is now easily outpacing inflation, which averaged less than 2% between January and March.

Companies are failing to increase productivity at the same pace, however, with figures Tuesday showing that output per hour was 0.2 percent lower than a year earlier. The result is that unit labor costs, a measure of domestically generated inflation watched by Bank of England rate setters, are accelerating.

There was some good news for firms facing labor shortages as the number of EU nationals working in the U.K. rose to a record-high of 2.38 million, up 98,000 from a year earlier. The rise was primarily driven by Bulgarians and Romanians, with little increase among citizens of older EU countries and those that joined in 2004.

Employment has been fuelled by a sharp fall in economic inactivity. The growth has been driven by full-time work, and was especially strong among women and the over-50s. While the increase last quarter marked a slowdown from the stellar gains seen around the turn of the year, it may have been partly due to a lack of suitable candidates.

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold prices end lower, snap multiday rally

Gold futures finished lower on Monday, following a four-session streak of gains, pressured by uncertainty ahead of a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve that's expected to offer hints on the central bank's plan on interest rates. International trade clashes and a concern over a weakening global economy, however, limited losses for the haven metal. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $1.60, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,342.90, after closing Friday action with a weekly loss of 0.1% based on...

Gold poised to snap 4-day rally as metal hits a wall at around $1,370

Gold futures retreated on Monday, after a multiday rally as bullion, which has benefited from concerns about international trade clashes and a weakening global economy. The yellow metal for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6%, to $1,337, after closing Friday action wit a weekly loss of 0.1% based on the most-active contract prices as of June 7, FactSet data show. Prices on Friday had climbed to as high as $1,362.20, the highest since April 2018. Some commodity strategists say the precious...

Oil extends last week's sharp retreat as demand worries sour sentiment

Crude oil futures prices fell Monday, with investors digesting worrisome demand updates issued last week and keeping tabs on typically price-supportive risks percolating in the Middle East. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell 58 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $51.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following two consecutive session gains. Meanwhile, August Brent crude dropped $1.07, or 1.7%, to $60.94 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe in Monday action....

USD/JPY: Tokyo open welcomes risk-on amid quiet trading

The USD/JPY pair trades little positive to 108.60 by the time Tokyo markets open on Monday. Even though lack of fresh developments concerning the US-China trade tussle and absence of major data confined market moves at the week™s start, the US Dollar (USD) pullback pleased buyers of ex-greenback majors during early Monday. India recently became the second Asian country, other than China, to levy tariffs on the US goods. The democratic country announced tariffs on 28 items from the US to...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Up after Law U-Turn (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed up Monday as investors cheered a decision by the city's government to suspend plans for a controversial extradition law. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.45 percent, or 122.00 points, to 27,240.35. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.20 percent, or 5.65 points, at 2,887.62, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, lost 0.20 percent, or 2.94 points, to 1,502.12. Source : AFP

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