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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

Hong Kong Stocks Start on Negative Note

Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

Tokyo Stocks Open Lower

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Gold Prices Rise on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices rose on Monday in Asia after landing a second-straight week of gains as traders expect a U.S. rate cut this month. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up 0.1% to $1,427.75 by 12:15 AM ET (04:15 GMT). The yellow metal was supported by IMF™s comments that the U.S. dollar is overvalued, and U.S. President Donald Trump™s call for lower interest rates. On Friday, the President accused the Federal Reserve of...

Asia Stocks Dip on Likely Smaller Fed Rate Cut, Oil Gains

Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

US Blames Iran for Attacks on 2 Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman
Friday, 14 June 2019 18:41 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, off the Iranian coast.

One of the tankers was set on fire and sent up smoke thick and black enough to be seen by satellites in space.

Pompeo said the U.S. based its determination that Iran was behind the attacks on intelligence, the weapons used, and what he called the "level of expertise" needed to carry out such an operation.

The secretary noted that Iran was behind other recent similar attacks on shipping and that no proxy group in the region has the resources and ability to attack a tanker with such a "high degree of sophistication."

One of the tankers is Norwegian-owned and the other is owned by a Japanese company.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the timing of the latest apparent attacks was "beyond suspicious" because Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Tehran meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini. Their talks focused on ways to de-escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran.

But Pompeo said the Iranian government "insulted" Japan by striking one of its tankers while Abe was in the country.

A U.S. defense official, speaking to VOA on condition of anonymity, said the military has "a lot of indications" Iran attacked the ships.

The official would not elaborate on what the evidence entailed. This was the latest of many attacks in the region that the U.S. has accused Tehran of carrying out, but it has yet to declassify any incriminating evidence.

Both ships were struck at dawn Thursday by what U.S. military officials believe were mines.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that while he appreciates Abe's efforts to calm tensions with Iran, "it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!"

Source : VOA

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Dollar Clings to Gains as Gulf Tensions Bolster Safe-Haven Bid

The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets. While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...

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Hong Kong stocks opened lower Monday morning following a negative lead from Wall Street on fading hopes for a deep Federal Reserve interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.53 percent, or 153.12 points, to 28,612.28. But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05 percent, or 1.59 points, to 2,925.79 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.26 points, to 1,562.53. Source : AFP

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Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10. Source: AFP

Gold Prices Rise on Rate Cut Expectations

Gold prices rose on Monday in Asia after landing a second-straight week of gains as traders expect a U.S. rate cut this month. Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up 0.1% to $1,427.75 by 12:15 AM ET (04:15 GMT). The yellow metal was supported by IMF™s comments that the U.S. dollar is overvalued, and U.S. President Donald Trump™s call for lower interest rates. On Friday, the President accused the Federal Reserve of...

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Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices. MSCI™s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1%. South Korea's shed 0.3%, Australian stocks lost 0.2% and Japan's Nikkei fell 0.5%. Global equity markets had risen briefly towards the end of last week after dovish comments by New York...

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