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Gold Marks First Loss in 4 Sessions

Gold futures settled with a loss on Thursday, their first in four sessions, a day after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected cut in interest rates, but raised doubts over the outlook for further monetary easing this year. "The Fed is, without a doubt, a headwind at this juncture," said Adam Koos, president of Libertas Wealth Management Group. "However, the [stock] market testing summer highs is putting a damper on the fear trade," and haven demand for gold. December gold declined...

Pompeo: 'Important Information' for Trump After Mideast Talks on Saudi Oil Field Attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he has "important information" for President Donald Trump about how to respond to the recent attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities after meeting with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The top U.S. diplomat said there was "enormous consensus" that Iran was responsible for the middle-of-the-night missile and drone attacks last weekend that at least temporarily knocked out half of the Saudis' oil production, nearly 6% of the...

Hong Kong stocks open higher

Hong Kong stocks opened with small gains Friday morning as bargain-buyers moved in following a four-day drop, with dealers keeping an ear to the ground for fresh developments in the China-US trade row. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.24 percent, or 63.93 points, to 26,532.88. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.18 percent, or 5.53 points, to 3,004.81 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, also added 0.18 percent, or 3.00 points, to...

Gold Futures Score First Weekly Gain in a Month

Gold futures climbed Friday to tally a gain for the week, the first in four weeks, as geopolitical tensions remained high, boosting haven demand for the precious metal. President Donald Trump announced further sanctions on Iran. "The confrontation with Iran [is] still very real," said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. "So you have safe-haven interest perking up into the weekend." Trump also said Friday that he didn™t need a trade deal with China before the 2020...

U.S. Oil Prices Pare Most of Their Gains as Gasoline Futures Rally

Oil futures rose Thursday, but U.S. prices gave up nearly all of their earlier gains by the settlement. Prices found support as Saudi Arabia reportedly contacted foreign producers to help fill holes in its supply chain following last weekend's attacks on the country's production facilities. However, news of storm disruptions to refining activity in Texas suggested a slowdown in demand for crude, prompting U.S. prices to give up nearly all of the day's gains. The Sabine Ship Channel, a major...

Fed Saw July Rate Cut as Insurance for Growth and Inflation
Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:24 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Federal ReserveThe FedEkonomi AS

Federal Reserve officials viewed their interest-rate cut last month as insurance against too-low inflation and the risk of a deeper slump in business investment stemming from uncertainty over President Donald Trump™s trade war.

œMembers who voted for the policy action sought to better position the overall stance of policy to help counter the effects on the outlook of weak global growth and trade policy uncertainty, insure against any further downside risks from those sources, and promote a faster return of inflation to the 2% target, according to minutes of the July 30-31 Federal Open Market Committee meeting, released Wednesday in Washington.

The Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008, a move Chairman Jerome Powell called a œmid-cycle adjustment. The minutes described the quarter-point cut as part of an œongoing reassessment of the policy path that began in late 2018.

 œMembers generally agreed that it was important to maintain optionality in setting the future target range for the federal funds rate, the minutes said, indicating the committee didn™t view the cut as part of an extended cycle of reductions.

The Fed went out of its way to highlight the reasons for the cut in three bullet points, citing signs of economic deceleration, risk management concerns and too low inflation. The minutes said participants noted that œtrade uncertainty would remain a persistent headwind for the outlook.

FOMC participants said they still viewed a sustained U.S. economic expansion, strong labor markets and inflation near the target œas the most likely outcomes.

The minutes began with a lengthy discussion of the Fed™s policy strategy review, which indicated that officials aren™t ruling out any options, including an expansion of their policy toolkit.

Since the last meeting, the dollar has strengthened as the global economic outlook dimmed, raising the prospect for rate cuts abroad. Yields on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes have plunged toward record lows. Investors expect as many as three more quarter-point rate cuts this year to offset increasing downside risks, including a move next month.

Source : Bloomberg

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Gold Marks First Loss in 4 Sessions

Gold futures settled with a loss on Thursday, their first in four sessions, a day after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected cut in interest rates, but raised doubts over the outlook for further monetary easing this year. "The Fed is, without a doubt, a headwind at this juncture," said Adam Koos, president of Libertas Wealth Management Group. "However, the [stock] market testing summer highs is putting a damper on the fear trade," and haven demand for gold. December gold declined...

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U.S. Oil Prices Pare Most of Their Gains as Gasoline Futures Rally

Oil futures rose Thursday, but U.S. prices gave up nearly all of their earlier gains by the settlement. Prices found support as Saudi Arabia reportedly contacted foreign producers to help fill holes in its supply chain following last weekend's attacks on the country's production facilities. However, news of storm disruptions to refining activity in Texas suggested a slowdown in demand for crude, prompting U.S. prices to give up nearly all of the day's gains. The Sabine Ship Channel, a major...

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