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Gold prices firm as dollar eases on grim U.S. retail sales

Gold prices firmed on Friday as the dollar weakened slightly after disappointing U.S. data indicated slowing economic momentum, supporting the U.S. Federal Reserve's 'patient' monetary policy approach. Spot gold was little changed at $1,312.82 per ounce at 0009 GMT. It rose 0.5 percent in the previous session in its biggest intraday gain since Jan. 30. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1 percent at $1,315 an ounce. U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December...

Hong Kong stocks fall as trade talks begin (Review)

Hong Kong stocks retreated Thursday as top US and Chinese officials met in Beijing for trade talks aimed at preventing an escalation in tariffs before a March 1 deadline. The Hang Seng Index lost 0.23 percent, or 65.54 points, to 28,432.05. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.05 percent lower, or 1.37 points, to 2,719.70, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.66 percent, or 9.16 points, to 1,398.84. Source: AFP

Gold Jumps on Reports of Sino-U.S. Trade-Talk Progress, Set For Slight Weekly Gain

Gold futures on Friday climbed firmly, as progress in trade talks in the final day of this week™s round of U.S.-China trade negotiations were seen as bullish for the yellow metal, overshadowing a firmer dollar and a pick up in global equity markets. April gold gained $7.80, or 0.6%, to reach $1,321.70 an ounce, after edging less than 0.1% lower in the session before. Friday™s early gains erased a loss for the 5-day stretch, putting bullion on track to log a 0.2% weekly return, based on...

Gold Holds February Range Awaiting Fresh Catalysts

Gold edged higher to head for a weekly gain, but remains within its narrow range so far this month as investors await fresh developments in U.S.-China trade talks. Spot gold +0.3% at $1,317.03/oz at 10:37am in London. +0.2% this week, the smallest weekly change since November. Metal has traded between $1,302.48/oz and $1,323.56 this month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sounded a positive note on Friday as U.S.-China trade talks drew to a close in Beijing, as both sides tried to reach a...

Gold Futures Climb For The Session to Post a Gain For The Week

Gold futures finished at a two-week high on Friday to post a modest gain for the week as progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was seen as bullish for the metal. China is one of the world's biggest buyers of gold. April gold settled at $1,322.10 an ounce, up $8.20, or 0.6% for the session. For the week, prices based on the most-active contract rose 0.3%. Source : Marketwatch

BOE Cuts Forecasts, Says Brexit Damage to Economy Has Risen
Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:18 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |BOE

The Bank of England warned that damage to the economy from Brexit has increased as it cut its growth forecast and predicted a dramatic slump in investment.

As the U.K. approaches the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union without yet having a deal for a new relationship settled, businesses are slashing spending and consumers are growing more worried.

The BOE said that œuncertainty had intensified, and now forecasts 1.2 percent growth this year, down from 1.7 percent predicted three months ago, the biggest downgrade since the 2016 referendum. The global backdrop has also weakened, as highlighted in the European Commission™s sweeping cuts to the euro-area economic outlook on Thursday.

The BOE™s decision follows recent dovish statements from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. U.K. officials noted the impact of China™s slowdown and said trade wasn™t contributing as much to growth as they expected.

The forecasts came alongside the latest policy decision by the Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Mark Carney. It voted 9-0 to hold the key interest rate at 0.75 percent, as predicted by all economists in a Bloomberg survey. The bank last lifted the rate in August.

With Brexit hanging over the outlook, the bank said that its forecasts would need to be updated œonce greater clarity emerged about the nature of EU withdrawal. Acknowledging the huge impact of uncertainty, it ran an analysis showing that less uncertainty would lead to much stronger growth -- 1.6 percent this year and 2.2 percent in 2020.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold prices firm as dollar eases on grim U.S. retail sales

Gold prices firmed on Friday as the dollar weakened slightly after disappointing U.S. data indicated slowing economic momentum, supporting the U.S. Federal Reserve's 'patient' monetary policy approach. Spot gold was little changed at $1,312.82 per ounce at 0009 GMT. It rose 0.5 percent in the previous session in its biggest intraday gain since Jan. 30. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1 percent at $1,315 an ounce. U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December...

Hong Kong stocks fall as trade talks begin (Review)

Hong Kong stocks retreated Thursday as top US and Chinese officials met in Beijing for trade talks aimed at preventing an escalation in tariffs before a March 1 deadline. The Hang Seng Index lost 0.23 percent, or 65.54 points, to 28,432.05. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.05 percent lower, or 1.37 points, to 2,719.70, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.66 percent, or 9.16 points, to 1,398.84. Source: AFP

Gold Jumps on Reports of Sino-U.S. Trade-Talk Progress, Set For Slight Weekly Gain

Gold futures on Friday climbed firmly, as progress in trade talks in the final day of this week™s round of U.S.-China trade negotiations were seen as bullish for the yellow metal, overshadowing a firmer dollar and a pick up in global equity markets. April gold gained $7.80, or 0.6%, to reach $1,321.70 an ounce, after edging less than 0.1% lower in the session before. Friday™s early gains erased a loss for the 5-day stretch, putting bullion on track to log a 0.2% weekly return, based on...

Gold Holds February Range Awaiting Fresh Catalysts

Gold edged higher to head for a weekly gain, but remains within its narrow range so far this month as investors await fresh developments in U.S.-China trade talks. Spot gold +0.3% at $1,317.03/oz at 10:37am in London. +0.2% this week, the smallest weekly change since November. Metal has traded between $1,302.48/oz and $1,323.56 this month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sounded a positive note on Friday as U.S.-China trade talks drew to a close in Beijing, as both sides tried to reach a...

Gold Futures Climb For The Session to Post a Gain For The Week

Gold futures finished at a two-week high on Friday to post a modest gain for the week as progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was seen as bullish for the metal. China is one of the world's biggest buyers of gold. April gold settled at $1,322.10 an ounce, up $8.20, or 0.6% for the session. For the week, prices based on the most-active contract rose 0.3%. Source : Marketwatch

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