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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Hong Kong Stocks End With Deep Losses (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, with investors also spooked by fresh infections in the city that have led to the reimposition of containment measures including school closures. The Hang Seng Index shed 1.84 percent, or 482.75 points, to 25,727.41. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.95 percent, or 67.27 points, to 3,383.32 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange lost 0.31 percent, or 6.95 points, to...

Dow rises 200 points on positive coronavirus treatment news, airlines

Stocks rose in choppy trading Friday as traders digested news about a potential coronavirus treatment as well as another record spike in virus cases. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 200 points higher, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4%. The Nasdaq Composite lagged, trading just below the flatline. Gilead Sciences said its coronavirus treatment candidate, remdesivir, œwas associated with an improvement in clinical recovery and a 62 percent reduction in the risk of mortality...

Australia Faces 'Unprecedented' Economic Hit from Coronavirus: RBA Minutes
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 09:53 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |RBA

Australia is facing an "unprecedented economic contraction due to the coronavirus pandemic, though massive fiscal and monetary stimulus would help cushion the blow, minutes from the country's central bank's last meeting showed on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had on May 5 left the cash rate at 0.25%, as expected, and recommitted to buying as much government debt as needed to keep three-year bond yields near 0.25%.

The minutes showed board members discussed a range of economic scenarios in their policy deliberations, with the baseline case for gross domestic product to fall by 10% in the first half and 6% for all of 2020.

"An economic contraction of such speed and magnitude would be unprecedented in the 60-year history of Australia™s quarterly national accounts, the RBA said.

"Members noted that the nature of the contraction and the expected recovery was also unprecedented because they were driven by public health measures, rather than induced by economic or financial factors.

Australia has not suffered a technical recession, or two consecutive quarters of contraction, since the early 1990s.

The country has been so far successful in curbing the growth of the coronavirus, helping it gradually re-open its economy although international borders are expected to remain shut for a long time to come.

Despite the earlier than expected reopening of the domestic economy, unemployment was expected to remain elevated through 2021 while inflation was seen undershooting the RBA's 2-3% medium-term target for the next few years.

"Given this outlook, the Board would maintain its efforts to support the economy by keeping funding costs low and credit available to households and businesses, the RBA added.

Source : Reuters

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Gold futures end lower for the session, but tally a 5th straight weekly gain

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, pulling back in the wake of the nearly nine-year high they reached earlier this week. Prices for the week, however, gained roughly 0.7%, as the spread of COVID-19 continued to raise the metal's appeal as a safe-haven investment. August gold fell $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,801.90 an ounce. Prices on Wednesday had settled at $1,820.60, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 14, 2011, according to FactSet data. Source: Marketwatch

Gold Heads For Weekly Gain As It Holds Above $1,800 An Ounce

Gold futures traded modestly higher Friday, on track for a weekly gain as the yellow metal remained above $1,800 an ounce, buoyed by a fall in bond yields and a desire to hedge against risk amid continued uncertainty over the economic outlook. August gold was up $11.80, or 0.7%, at $1,815.60 an ounce on Comex, while September silver rose 17.3 cents to $19.135 an ounce. Gold futures ended lower on Thursday, pulling back a day after scoring another settlement at the highest since September...

Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after sliding 3.1% on Thursday to hit the lowest...

Hong Kong Stocks End With Deep Losses (Review)

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday, in line with an Asia-wide sell-off, with investors also spooked by fresh infections in the city that have led to the reimposition of containment measures including school closures. The Hang Seng Index shed 1.84 percent, or 482.75 points, to 25,727.41. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.95 percent, or 67.27 points, to 3,383.32 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange lost 0.31 percent, or 6.95 points, to...

Dow rises 200 points on positive coronavirus treatment news, airlines

Stocks rose in choppy trading Friday as traders digested news about a potential coronavirus treatment as well as another record spike in virus cases. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 200 points higher, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4%. The Nasdaq Composite lagged, trading just below the flatline. Gilead Sciences said its coronavirus treatment candidate, remdesivir, œwas associated with an improvement in clinical recovery and a 62 percent reduction in the risk of mortality...

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