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Gold Futures Post Their First Gain in 3 Sessions

Gold futures climbed on Monday to score their first gain in three sessions, moving back toward the nearly nine-year high they reached on Wednesday. Investors eyed the rising number of cases in the U.S., which lifted expectations for further central bank stimulus measures to offset the effects of the pandemic's hit to the economy. August gold rose $12.20, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,814.10 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14,...

Gold Trades Steady as Virus, Equities’ Advance Weighed

Spot gold was steady in Asian trading as investors weigh virus developments in the U.S amid expectations Asian equities will open higher on Monday. Asia stocks are set for a higher open on Monday as investors look to the start of earnings season for clues on how companies are faring in the pandemic. Spot gold +0.1% to $1,801.02 at 7:40 a.m. in Singapore. Spot silver gained for second day. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index

Dollar Falls as U.S. Earning Season Kicks Off

The U.S. dollar edged lower on Monday as investors looked to domestic corporate earnings and upcoming retail data to gauge whether guarded optimism on the country's economic outlook is justified. The index that measures the dollar against a basket of six other major currencies - which often serves as a safe-haven for investors seeking high-quality assets in moments of market volatility - was down 0.31% in North American morning trade. The dollar ended its third week of losses on Friday as...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Higher (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished Monday on a positive note as hopes for a virus vaccine overshadowed concerns about a fresh wave of infections in the financial hub. The Hang Seng Index added 0.17 percent, or 44.71 points, to 25,772.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.77 percent, or 59.96 points, to 3,443.29 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 3.48 percent, or 78.39 points, to 2,329.40. Source : AFP

Oil Extends Drop on OPEC+ Taper Jitters and U.S.-China Tension

Oil dropped for a second day on expectations that OPEC+ will start winding down production cuts next month and as escalating tension between Washington and Beijing worsened sentiment across financial markets. Futures in New York fell below $40 a barrel after retreating 1.1% on Monday. OPEC+™s Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meets Wednesday and the group is expected to stick to its plan of tapering the cuts from August even as the coronavirus rages unabated in many...

ECB signals its ready to cut rates; opens door to renewed QE measures
Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:43 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Bank Sentral Eropa ECBMario Draghi

The European Central Bank on Thursday made clear it stands ready to cut rates and deliver "highly accommodative" monetary policy, including additional asset purchases, in its effort to push stubbornly low inflation back toward its target amid signs of deteriorating economic conditions in the eurozone.

However, investors appeared to take the statement and subsequent remarks by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi with a grain of salt, lamenting a lack of clear-cut details of policy plans. The euro initially dived following the statement, while European bonds rallied, pushing down yields. Those moves were reversed during Draghi's news conference.

œPolicy makers have clearly not yet made up their mind on exactly what to do, said Jack Allen-Reynolds, economist at Capital Economics, in a note. œWe still think that they will cut the deposit rate to -0.5% in September [from -0.4%]. But by October, we suspect that they will have reached a consensus to relaunch QE, probably with a greater weight on corporate bonds.

QE stands for quantitative easing, in which central banks purchase financial assets to inject liquidity into the economy. The ECB ended its program of monthly bond purchases in December, but has continued to reinvest proceeds from maturing holdings to maintain the size of its balance sheet.

In a statement following its policy meeting in Frankfurt, the ECB Governing Council said it left rates unchanged but expects them to œremain at their present or lower levels at least through the first half of 2020¦ Previously, the ECB had said it expected rates to remain at œpresent levels over that period.

The ECB said policy makers œalso underlined the need for a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy for a prolonged period, as inflation rates, both realized and projected, have been persistently below levels that are in line with its aim.

The ECB said it had tasked committees with examining options on ways to reinforce its forward guidance on policy rates as well as œmitigating measures, such as the design of a tiered system of rates on reserves held at the central bank and œoptions for the size and composition of new net asset purchases.

Draghi said the decision on the statement wasn™t unanimous but was the product of a œbroad convergence of views. He played down disagreements, saying that any time a large number of policy options are discussed there were bound to be differing views.

Meanwhile, Draghi warned that the economic outlook in the region was getting œworse and worse, particularly for the manufacturing sector, thanks to continued global uncertainty tied to trade tensions, the looming British exit from the European Union and other factors. Moreover, he emphasized that policy makers were unhappy with stubbornly low inflation and said the ECB would take a œsymmetrical approach to its goal of inflation running near but just below 2%. Annual inflation in the eurozone was seen at 1.3% in June.

In effect, that means the ECB won™t view a 2% inflation pace as a cap ” a major shift, according to longtime ECB watchers like Pictet Wealth Management™s Frederik Ducrozet, who called it a œhugely important and unprecedented step.

Still, the broader ECB commentary on its œinflation problem and its determination to address it was œstark, wrote Nick Kounis and Aline Schuiling, economists at ABN AMRO, in a note.

These comments suggest that net asset purchases could ultimately persist through 2020, they said.

Traders had seen a nearly 50% chance the ECB would move at its July meeting to deliver a rate cut after another round of downbeat survey data from Germany, the shared-currency region™s largest economy, this week.

Instead, the central bank delivered what analysts saw as a clear-cut signal it is prepared to move as early as September to push its deposit rate further into negative territory while also weighing the possibility of resuming asset purchases.

The euro reversed an initial decline to rise 0.3% to $1.1172 versus the U.S. dollar, while the pan-European Stoxx 600 turned lower, falling 0.8% as U.S. stocks moved to the downside. European bonds initially rallied, sending yields lower and dragging down yields on U.S. Treasurys, but also reversed course. Yields, which move in the opposite direction of bond prices, across much of Europe and the U.S. were higher.

Source : Marketwatch

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold Futures Post Their First Gain in 3 Sessions

Gold futures climbed on Monday to score their first gain in three sessions, moving back toward the nearly nine-year high they reached on Wednesday. Investors eyed the rising number of cases in the U.S., which lifted expectations for further central bank stimulus measures to offset the effects of the pandemic's hit to the economy. August gold rose $12.20, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,814.10 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14,...

Gold Trades Steady as Virus, Equities’ Advance Weighed

Spot gold was steady in Asian trading as investors weigh virus developments in the U.S amid expectations Asian equities will open higher on Monday. Asia stocks are set for a higher open on Monday as investors look to the start of earnings season for clues on how companies are faring in the pandemic. Spot gold +0.1% to $1,801.02 at 7:40 a.m. in Singapore. Spot silver gained for second day. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index

Dollar Falls as U.S. Earning Season Kicks Off

The U.S. dollar edged lower on Monday as investors looked to domestic corporate earnings and upcoming retail data to gauge whether guarded optimism on the country's economic outlook is justified. The index that measures the dollar against a basket of six other major currencies - which often serves as a safe-haven for investors seeking high-quality assets in moments of market volatility - was down 0.31% in North American morning trade. The dollar ended its third week of losses on Friday as...

Hong Kong Stocks Close Higher (Review)

Hong Kong stocks finished Monday on a positive note as hopes for a virus vaccine overshadowed concerns about a fresh wave of infections in the financial hub. The Hang Seng Index added 0.17 percent, or 44.71 points, to 25,772.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.77 percent, or 59.96 points, to 3,443.29 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange jumped 3.48 percent, or 78.39 points, to 2,329.40. Source : AFP

Oil Extends Drop on OPEC+ Taper Jitters and U.S.-China Tension

Oil dropped for a second day on expectations that OPEC+ will start winding down production cuts next month and as escalating tension between Washington and Beijing worsened sentiment across financial markets. Futures in New York fell below $40 a barrel after retreating 1.1% on Monday. OPEC+™s Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meets Wednesday and the group is expected to stick to its plan of tapering the cuts from August even as the coronavirus rages unabated in many...

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