Gold prices edged higher on Friday, but was still on track to post its biggest weekly decline in about two months as solid Chinese data and a preliminary U.S.-China trade deal improved risk appetite.
World shares hit record highs after data showed China's economy was stabilizing and the world's second-largest economy ended 2019 on a somewhat firmer note as the trade truce revived business confidence.
Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,556.56 per ounce, but was heading for a weekly drop of about 0.4%...
Gold futures settled higher on Friday, but barely budged for the week. "Gold has struggled to shine this week as positive economic data from the United States and China cooled concerns over the global economy," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "Appetite towards the metal was also bruised by the 'phase one' [U.S.-China] deal, which offered some light at the end of the long trade war tunnel. With stock markets hitting record highs and the dollar stabilizing, gold is...
Oil was near $59 a barrel in New York after rising the most in almost two weeks as the U.S. and China signed a trade agreement, though remains capped by signs that supplies remain plentiful.
Futures gained 0.5%, having increased 1.2% on Thursday as Washington and Beijing™s phase-one deal commits China to $52.4 billion in additional purchases of American energy over 2020 and 2021. Still, there was some skepticism about whether such as target is feasible, particularly if it leaves...
The British pound fell Friday after data showed U.K. retail sales falling by 0.6% in December versus the previous month, adding to a picture of a weak economy that may need interest rate cuts to stimulate growth.
In the three months to December 2019, sales fell 1% against the prior three months. The pound fell 0.2% to $1.3052, from a level of around $1.31 seen just ahead of the data.
Source : Marketwatch
Gold prices edged higher on Friday but traded in a tight range as investors stayed on the sidelines in the absence of news catalysts.
The metal, however, was on track to post its biggest weekly drop in two months, as a long awaited U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal fueled risk appetite.
Spot gold rose 0.2% to $1,555.14 per ounce by 06:02 GMT, heading for a weekly drop of 0.4% ” its biggest since the week ended Nov. 8. U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,556.90.
Source : CNBC