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Gold Prices Up on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices gained on Friday in Asia on rate cut expectations, but gains were capped by a rebound in U.S. stocks. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, were up 0.4% at $1,348.95 per ounce by 01:15 AM ET (05:15 GMT). The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep rates unchanged at its meeting on June 19, but markets believe the likelihood of a rate cut before the end of the year has increased due to slowing inflation and rising...

Gold Busts Above $1,350 as Iran Tension, Fed Outlook Spur Demand

Gold smashed above $1,350 an ounce to a 14-month high as rising geopolitical tensions bolster haven demand ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting, when policy makers may move closer to cutting rates. Bullion for immediate delivery rose as much as 1.2% to $1,358.26 an ounce. Prices are set for a fourth weekly gain, the longest run since January. Investors are also pouring into gold-backed exchange-traded funds, with holdings rising to the highest since late...

Gold hits 14-month high on growth woes, Middle East tensions

Gold hit its highest since April last year on Friday as intensifying political concerns in the Middle East and weak economic data from China and the United States pushed it above the $1,350 level. Spot gold was up 1% to $1,355.00 per ounce, after hitting its highest since April last year at $1,358.04 earlier in the session. Prices have risen 1.1% so far this week, keeping the metal on track for its fourth consecutive weekly gain. U.S. gold futures jumped 1.1% to $1,357.9 an...

US Blames Iran for Attacks on 2 Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, off the Iranian coast. One of the tankers was set on fire and sent up smoke thick and black enough to be seen by satellites in space. Pompeo said the U.S. based its determination that Iran was behind the attacks on intelligence, the weapons used, and what he called the "level of expertise" needed to carry out such an operation. The secretary noted that Iran was behind other...

Gold pares gains on stronger dollar, posts a modest weekly decline

Gold futures pared much of their earlier gains Friday as a strength in the dollar dulled the dollar-denominated metal's appeal to investors. Prices still logged their highest settlement since last Friday. For the week, they fell by 0.1%, with the haven metal failing to get a significant boost on the back of tensions in the Middle East and Hong Kong. "The fact that gold has managed to trade over $1,340 is a positive sign for next week," said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia...

RBA Slashes Near-Term Growth Outlook as Employment Key to Rates
Friday, 10 May 2019 08:57 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBABank Sentral Australia,

Australia's central bank slashed its near-term growth outlook and is relying on persistent jobs market strength to cushion a property-driven downturn in household spending.

The economy is expected to expand 1.75% in the year through June versus 2.5% seen three months earlier, and is then forecast to lift to 2.75% for the rest of the forecast period, the Reserve Bank said in Sydney Friday. It made substantial cuts to the outlook for consumption and dwelling investment despite all forecasts being premised on two cuts in the cash rate.

œGrowth in the Australian economy has slowed and inflation remains low, the RBA said in its quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy. œSubdued growth in household income and the adjustment in the housing market are affecting consumer spending and residential construction. Despite this, the labor market is performing reasonably well, with the unemployment rate steady.

The central bank opted against easing policy Tuesday as it waits to see whether the persistent hiring strength of the past two years is maintained. It signaled full employment is likely lower than in the past, saying unemployment can fall further than the current 5% without setting off consumer-price growth.

œAt its recent meeting, the board focused on the implications of the low inflation outcomes for the economic outlook, the RBA said. Core inflation is œexpected to remain low in coming quarters, largely because the weakness in housing- related items is expected to persist for a while.

It did offer some prospect of improvement for the financial position of households.

œDisposable income growth is also expected to be supported by lower net interest payable owing to the lower cash rate assumption, it said. 

The central bank has kept its cash rate at a record-low 1.5% since August 2016 and noted in today's release that money markets are pricing in quarter-point cuts this year and next.

In its statement, the RBA cut its household spending forecast in the 12 months through June to 1.6% from 2.2% in February; it predicted dwelling investment would slump 6% in the period versus a 1.7% drop seen three months ago.

Household spending accounts for 60% of GDP and the bank noted that uncertainty around its outlook is a key risk.

Offshore it highlighted the trade tensions between the U.S. and China, which is also Australia's biggest trading partner.

œThe global growth outlook has been revised slightly lower and the risks remain tilted to the downside, it said. 

œThe outlook for China continues to be an important source of uncertainty for the external environment facing Australia™s economy. The Chinese authorities face significant policy trade- offs and it is unclear how various policy changes will play out, the bank said. œThe outlook for trade policy remains uncertain and negative developments could harm global growth. 

Source : Bloomberg

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Prices Up on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices gained on Friday in Asia on rate cut expectations, but gains were capped by a rebound in U.S. stocks. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, were up 0.4% at $1,348.95 per ounce by 01:15 AM ET (05:15 GMT). The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep rates unchanged at its meeting on June 19, but markets believe the likelihood of a rate cut before the end of the year has increased due to slowing inflation and rising...

Gold Busts Above $1,350 as Iran Tension, Fed Outlook Spur Demand

Gold smashed above $1,350 an ounce to a 14-month high as rising geopolitical tensions bolster haven demand ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting, when policy makers may move closer to cutting rates. Bullion for immediate delivery rose as much as 1.2% to $1,358.26 an ounce. Prices are set for a fourth weekly gain, the longest run since January. Investors are also pouring into gold-backed exchange-traded funds, with holdings rising to the highest since late...

Gold hits 14-month high on growth woes, Middle East tensions

Gold hit its highest since April last year on Friday as intensifying political concerns in the Middle East and weak economic data from China and the United States pushed it above the $1,350 level. Spot gold was up 1% to $1,355.00 per ounce, after hitting its highest since April last year at $1,358.04 earlier in the session. Prices have risen 1.1% so far this week, keeping the metal on track for its fourth consecutive weekly gain. U.S. gold futures jumped 1.1% to $1,357.9 an...

US Blames Iran for Attacks on 2 Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, off the Iranian coast. One of the tankers was set on fire and sent up smoke thick and black enough to be seen by satellites in space. Pompeo said the U.S. based its determination that Iran was behind the attacks on intelligence, the weapons used, and what he called the "level of expertise" needed to carry out such an operation. The secretary noted that Iran was behind other...

Gold pares gains on stronger dollar, posts a modest weekly decline

Gold futures pared much of their earlier gains Friday as a strength in the dollar dulled the dollar-denominated metal's appeal to investors. Prices still logged their highest settlement since last Friday. For the week, they fell by 0.1%, with the haven metal failing to get a significant boost on the back of tensions in the Middle East and Hong Kong. "The fact that gold has managed to trade over $1,340 is a positive sign for next week," said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia...

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