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Gold flat as virus fears offset gains in equities

Gold prices were little changed on Friday as worries over an accelerating number of coronavirus cases countered a fillip to risk sentiment from positive U.S. and Chinese economic data.      Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,774.75 per ounce by 9:31 GMT. Most U.S. markets are closed on Friday ahead of Independence Day on July 4. U.S. gold futures eased 0.3% to $1,785.40 per ounce. Elsewhere, Palladium fell 0.5% to $1,892.02 per ounce, while platinum rose 0.45 % to...

Crude Oil Lower; OPEC Disputes and Virus Cases Weigh

Oil markets slipped Friday as the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, particularly in the U.S., the largest consumer in the world, threatened the recovery of crude demand. At 7:30 AM ET (11:30 GMT), U.S. crude futures traded 1.2% lower at $40.15 a barrel. The international benchmark Brent contract rose 1.3% to $42.58. The U.S. has recorded around a quarter of the almost 11 million cases worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and the number is growing rapidly. The U.S....

Dollar Rises as Risk Appetite Tempered by Rising COVID-19 Cases in U.S.

The dollar edged up on Friday but was set for its biggest weekly fall since the start of June, as a sentiment boost from better-than-expected jobs data in the United States was tempered by surging coronavirus cases. The U.S. Labor Department said on Thursday that payrolls surged in June but the reaction in currencies was limited. Even after two months of job recovery from May, the U.S. economy has regained just over a third of an historic plunge of 20.787 million jobs lost in April. Against...

Hong Kong Stocks End Week on Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong shares ended higher Friday, extending the previous day's near-three percent gains, as global markets were boosted by a better-than-expected reading on US jobs creation. The Hang Seng Index jumped 0.99 percent, or 248.93 points, to 25,373.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.01 percent, or 62.24 points, to 3,152.81 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange rallied 1.28 percent, or 25.84 points, to 2,041.89. Source : AFP

European markets close lower as virus concerns quell optimism over upbeat data

European stocks closed lower on Friday as concern over a spike in U.S. coronavirus infections tempered the optimism arising from upbeat economic data out of the U.S., China and the euro zone. The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally closed down around 0.9%, with basic resources falling 1.7% to lead losses while travel and leisure shares bucked the downward trend with a 0.1% rise. European markets failed to capture the overnight momentum from Asia Pacific, where stocks advanced after a survey...

Mnuchin Defends U.S. Fiscal Response to Pandemic, Seeks Payroll Loan Extension
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 02:20 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |The FedEkonomi AS

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday defended the Trump administration™s fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic and told senators he was willing to consider extending and modifying a payroll loan program for small businesses.

In a sometimes testy hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the nearly $3 trillion in coronavirus rescue programs rolled out by the federal government over the past two months were working to support an economy devastated by the novel coronavirus.

But the Treasury and Fed chiefs faced tough questions over whether the administration™s plans to quickly reopen the economy in the wake of lockdowns imposed in March and April would leave low-wage workers without adequate protections from the virus.

Congress is considering legislation that would free up trillions of dollars of additional aid to further bolster the economy, help states and increase pay for essential workers who are doing some of the most dangerous jobs.

President Donald Trump has been criticized for initially downplaying the pandemic, which has now killed more than 90,000 Americans, and not ensuring that enough medical supplies were in place to battle the virus.

œHow many workers should give their lives to increase the GDP or the Dow Jones by 1,000 points? asked Senator Sherrod Brown, the committee™s top Democrat.

œNo workers should give their lives to do that, senator, and I think your characterization is unfair. We have provided enormous amounts of equipment, Mnuchin replied.

Mnuchin said he wanted to thank œall the essential workers, but Brown interrupted him, adding, œThanking is great, but is it fair our economy pays the essential workers so little in such work conditions?

Powell said new Treasury-backed Fed lending programs aimed at mid-size companies and municipal bond markets would be up and running by the beginning of June. Only a œfairly modest amount of money has gone out through the Fed credit programs so far.

The U.S. central bank has slashed interest rates to near zero and set up a broad network of programs to ensure financial markets continue to function during the pandemic. It has also established precedent-setting lending facilities for companies and the first-ever corporate bond purchases.

Source : Reuters

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold flat as virus fears offset gains in equities

Gold prices were little changed on Friday as worries over an accelerating number of coronavirus cases countered a fillip to risk sentiment from positive U.S. and Chinese economic data.      Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,774.75 per ounce by 9:31 GMT. Most U.S. markets are closed on Friday ahead of Independence Day on July 4. U.S. gold futures eased 0.3% to $1,785.40 per ounce. Elsewhere, Palladium fell 0.5% to $1,892.02 per ounce, while platinum rose 0.45 % to...

Crude Oil Lower; OPEC Disputes and Virus Cases Weigh

Oil markets slipped Friday as the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, particularly in the U.S., the largest consumer in the world, threatened the recovery of crude demand. At 7:30 AM ET (11:30 GMT), U.S. crude futures traded 1.2% lower at $40.15 a barrel. The international benchmark Brent contract rose 1.3% to $42.58. The U.S. has recorded around a quarter of the almost 11 million cases worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and the number is growing rapidly. The U.S....

Dollar Rises as Risk Appetite Tempered by Rising COVID-19 Cases in U.S.

The dollar edged up on Friday but was set for its biggest weekly fall since the start of June, as a sentiment boost from better-than-expected jobs data in the United States was tempered by surging coronavirus cases. The U.S. Labor Department said on Thursday that payrolls surged in June but the reaction in currencies was limited. Even after two months of job recovery from May, the U.S. economy has regained just over a third of an historic plunge of 20.787 million jobs lost in April. Against...

Hong Kong Stocks End Week on Strong Note (Review)

Hong Kong shares ended higher Friday, extending the previous day's near-three percent gains, as global markets were boosted by a better-than-expected reading on US jobs creation. The Hang Seng Index jumped 0.99 percent, or 248.93 points, to 25,373.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.01 percent, or 62.24 points, to 3,152.81 while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange rallied 1.28 percent, or 25.84 points, to 2,041.89. Source : AFP

European markets close lower as virus concerns quell optimism over upbeat data

European stocks closed lower on Friday as concern over a spike in U.S. coronavirus infections tempered the optimism arising from upbeat economic data out of the U.S., China and the euro zone. The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally closed down around 0.9%, with basic resources falling 1.7% to lead losses while travel and leisure shares bucked the downward trend with a 0.1% rise. European markets failed to capture the overnight momentum from Asia Pacific, where stocks advanced after a survey...

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