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Dollar holds near 2-1/2-month yen high on U.S.-China partial deal, pound stands tall

The dollar held near a 2 1/2-month high against the yen on Monday after Washington and Beijing announced progress towards a trade deal, while sterling hovered near a three-month peak on hopes for an orderly British exit from the European Union. On Friday, the dollar strengthened against the safe-haven yen to as much as 108.63 yen, its highest level since August 1, before U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States and China had reached a 'Phase 1' trade deal. In early Asian trade on...

Asia shares cheered by Sino-.U.S. trade progress

Asian share markets pushed higher on Monday as signs of progress in the Sino-U.S. trade standoff whetted risk appetites, while pressuring safe-haven bonds and the yen. Liquidity was lacking, however, with Japan off and a partial market holiday in the United States for Columbus Day. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS edged up 0.5%. Australia's main index gained 0.9% and South Korea .KS11 firmed 1.3%. While Tokyo was on holiday, Nikkei futures were...

Gold slips as renewed trade optimism lifts risk appetite

Gold prices eased on Monday, extending falls into a third session, as news that the United States and China had made progress in their recent high-level trade talks lifted risk appetite. Spot gold dropped by 0.3% to $1,485.56 per ounce, as of 00:36 GMT. U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% higher to $1,489.90. Spot gold prices fell more than 1% in intraday trade on Friday on news that the United States and China were likely to reach a partial agreement on trade. U.S. President Donald Trump on...

Hong Kong stocks open higher on partial trade deal

Hong Kong stocks rallied out of the blocks Monday after China and the United States reached a mini trade deal that raised hopes the two sides were on the path to resolving their long-running stand-off. The Hang Seng Index jumped 0.81 percent, or 214.36 points, to 26,522.80. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.68 percent, or 20.30 points, to 2,993.96, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.85 percent, or 13.91 points, to...

Gold Edge Higher on Trade Optimism; Palladium at Record

Gold holds below its 50-day moving average after dropping last week on U.S.-China trade optimism. Palladium hit a fresh record. Spot gold +0.1% at $1,490.20/oz after losing 1% last week. Palladium gained as much as 0.5% to $1,707.84/oz, new all-time high. Silver gained 0.2%, while platinum was down 0.4%. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced 0.1%. Spot gold edged higher in London on Monday as traders digested weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data. The EU™s warning that...

RBA Sees Risk of Property-Price Spike as House-Building Dwindles
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:03 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

Australia's central bank said there's potential for an upswing in home prices as dwelling construction weakens, while reiterating it's prepared to lower interest rates further.

In minutes of its Sept. 3 policy meeting released in Sydney Tuesday, the Reserve Bank also noted that "the upward trend in wages growth appeared to have stalled" and that forward-looking indicators suggested employment growth would moderate over the next six months. It kept the cash rate unchanged at 1% after back-to-back cuts in June and July.

Policy makers reaffirmed that they see an œextended period of low rates and will ease further œif needed to support sustainable economic growth and faster inflation. The RBA noted positive investment intentions for mining in the 12 months through June 2020, modestly lower plans for non-mining industries and a œparticularly weak outlook for construction.

œThere was likely to be further weakness in dwelling investment in the near term, the RBA said. œMembers recognized that this could sow the seeds of an upswing in the housing price cycle at some point, particularly given the lengthy stages in the construction of higher-density residential housing.

Since the two cuts and an easing of lending restrictions, property prices in Sydney and Melbourne have been resurgent. Policy makers are hoping this will generate a wealth effect that encourages consumers to resume spending, particularly as a government cash rebate is being transferred to households.

œHowever, the bank's liaison with retailers suggested that this had yet to lift spending noticeably, the minutes said. The bank noted that even if the cash œwas used to pay off debts, this would still bring forward the point at which households could increase their spending.

Australian household debt is at a record-high and this is being compounded by weak wages growth.

The minutes also showed members had a œdetailed discussion of the ways in which financial conditions abroad affect Australia. The board noted that Australia's floating exchange rate -- currently near its lowest in some years -- meant policy could be set according to domestic conditions.

At an international level, the RBA expects trade will remain weak for some time and noted that heightened geopolitical uncertainty -- the U.S.-China trade war, Brexit and Europe -- had contributed to lower growth and investment in many economies.

Australian firms didn't seem to have been affected by the weak trade environment as much as counterparts in other advanced economies, the minutes said, pointing out Australian companies are more geared to China's domestic demand and less integrated in global supply chains.

Still, the bank reiterated that œit was reasonable to expect that an extended period of low interest rates would be required, the minutes showed. œMembers would assess developments in both the international and domestic economies, including labor market conditions, and would ease monetary policy further if needed to support sustainable growth in the economy and the achievement of the inflation target over time.

The RBA targets inflation of 2-3% and has struggled to reach that target for almost five years.

Source : Bloomberg

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Dollar holds near 2-1/2-month yen high on U.S.-China partial deal, pound stands tall

The dollar held near a 2 1/2-month high against the yen on Monday after Washington and Beijing announced progress towards a trade deal, while sterling hovered near a three-month peak on hopes for an orderly British exit from the European Union. On Friday, the dollar strengthened against the safe-haven yen to as much as 108.63 yen, its highest level since August 1, before U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States and China had reached a 'Phase 1' trade deal. In early Asian trade on...

Asia shares cheered by Sino-.U.S. trade progress

Asian share markets pushed higher on Monday as signs of progress in the Sino-U.S. trade standoff whetted risk appetites, while pressuring safe-haven bonds and the yen. Liquidity was lacking, however, with Japan off and a partial market holiday in the United States for Columbus Day. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS edged up 0.5%. Australia's main index gained 0.9% and South Korea .KS11 firmed 1.3%. While Tokyo was on holiday, Nikkei futures were...

Gold slips as renewed trade optimism lifts risk appetite

Gold prices eased on Monday, extending falls into a third session, as news that the United States and China had made progress in their recent high-level trade talks lifted risk appetite. Spot gold dropped by 0.3% to $1,485.56 per ounce, as of 00:36 GMT. U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% higher to $1,489.90. Spot gold prices fell more than 1% in intraday trade on Friday on news that the United States and China were likely to reach a partial agreement on trade. U.S. President Donald Trump on...

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Hong Kong stocks rallied out of the blocks Monday after China and the United States reached a mini trade deal that raised hopes the two sides were on the path to resolving their long-running stand-off. The Hang Seng Index jumped 0.81 percent, or 214.36 points, to 26,522.80. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.68 percent, or 20.30 points, to 2,993.96, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.85 percent, or 13.91 points, to...

Gold Edge Higher on Trade Optimism; Palladium at Record

Gold holds below its 50-day moving average after dropping last week on U.S.-China trade optimism. Palladium hit a fresh record. Spot gold +0.1% at $1,490.20/oz after losing 1% last week. Palladium gained as much as 0.5% to $1,707.84/oz, new all-time high. Silver gained 0.2%, while platinum was down 0.4%. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced 0.1%. Spot gold edged higher in London on Monday as traders digested weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data. The EU™s warning that...

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