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Gold futures mark highest settlement in 7 years

Gold futures climbed on Thursday for a sixth consecutive session to log their highest settlement since February 2013. "Coronavirus fears magnetized investors towards safe-haven assets," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "With the virus outbreak fostering uncertainty, unease and anxiety across the board, gold is set to shine through the chaos." April gold rose $8.70, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,620.50 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Oil posts 6th positive session in 7 on smaller-than-expected inventory build

Oil prices rose on Thursday after the U.S. government reported a much smaller-than-anticipated rise in crude stocks, but gains were capped by worries about the spread of Coronavirus outside China. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that crude inventories rose only 414,000 barrels last week, compared with expectations of a 2.5 million barrel rise from analysts in a Reuters poll. Brent crude rose 47 cents, or 0.8%, to $59.59 per barrel. The front-month U.S. West...

Gold Rises, Set For Best Week in Over a Month as Virus Rapidly Spreads

Gold prices hit their highest in seven years on Friday and were set to post their best week in one-and-a-half months, as demand for the safe-heaven asset was boosted by a surge in new coronavirus cases in South Korea. South Korea reported 52 new cases of the virus, taking the national total to 156, while Japan reported the first fatalities from aboard a cruise ship that accounts for the biggest cluster of infections outside China. Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,625.05 per ounce by 0409 GMT, after...

Gold Hits New 7-Year High as Virus Prompts More Upgrades

Gold prices surged to fresh seven-year highs as portfolio investors flocked to haven assets as the coronavirus spread menacingly outside of China. The number of confirmed cases in South Korea leaped to over 200, putting investors on alert for signs that the virus may be difficult to contain even in countries with advanced health care systems (and reliable data). By 7:45 AM ET (1245 GMT), gold futures for delivery on the Comex exchange were up 1.1% at $1637,65 a troy ounce, only a whisker...

Gold Steady Near 7-Year Peak as Persistent Virus Fears Dampen China Stimulus

Gold prices held steady at a near seven-year high on Friday as nervous investors opted for safe haven assets amid fears about the economic damage from China™s coronavirus epidemic that eclipsed Beijing™s stimulus efforts. Spot gold was little changed at $1,619.33 per ounce by 0108 GMT. In the previous session, bullion prices had hit a seven-year high at $1,623.45. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1% to $1,622.60. Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people in South Korea, has become the latest...

South Korea to Scrap Military Intel Sharing Deal with Japan
Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:24 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

In an escalation of its bitter dispute with Japan, South Korea decided Thursday to scrap a military intelligence sharing agreement with Tokyo, opening a new divide in trilateral security cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

South Korea™s presidential Blue House said Thursday it is not in its national interest to continue a deal signed for the purpose of exchanging sensitive military information with Japan. Seoul will inform Tokyo of its decision before the Saturday deadline to renew the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GISOMIA, the South Korean statement said.

The decision will worsen tensions between South Korea and Japan, who are involved in a dispute rooted in Japan™s use of forced labor during its colonial occupation of Korea. The move also threatens to further upend security cooperation on U.S. priorities such as North Korea and China.

In announcing its decision, South Korea cited Japan™s recent decision to remove Seoul from its list of trusted trade partners. "The rationale was that a national security problem had arisen due to a breach of trust, yet no concrete evidence to support those allegations was presented," the Blue House statement said. "Under these circumstances, the Government of the Republic of Korea decided that maintaining this Agreement, which was signed to facilitate the exchange of sensitive military information, does not serve our national interest," it added.

The General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, was signed in November 2016.

œI hope there is no impact on policies but there will be an impact on military and intelligence operations, says David Maxwell, a former U.S. special forces colonel in the U.S. Army, who served in South Korea. œInformation will be shared through the US middle man unless South Korea or Japan makes the situation worse by adding caveats such as the information they provide cannot be shared with a third party.

South Korea™s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the decision to withdraw from GSOMIA is a œseparate issue from the South Korea-U.S. alliance, according to South Korea™s Yonhap news agency. The decision, she says, was made due to a œtrust issue between Seoul and Tokyo, Yonhap reported.

But the move cannot be separated from Seoul™s alliance with Washington, insists Maxwell, now with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies. œIt damages the national security of all three countries though South Korea suffers the worst, he said.

The U.S. military did not immediately respond to VOA requests for comment.

Source : VOA

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Gold futures mark highest settlement in 7 years

Gold futures climbed on Thursday for a sixth consecutive session to log their highest settlement since February 2013. "Coronavirus fears magnetized investors towards safe-haven assets," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "With the virus outbreak fostering uncertainty, unease and anxiety across the board, gold is set to shine through the chaos." April gold rose $8.70, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,620.50 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Oil posts 6th positive session in 7 on smaller-than-expected inventory build

Oil prices rose on Thursday after the U.S. government reported a much smaller-than-anticipated rise in crude stocks, but gains were capped by worries about the spread of Coronavirus outside China. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that crude inventories rose only 414,000 barrels last week, compared with expectations of a 2.5 million barrel rise from analysts in a Reuters poll. Brent crude rose 47 cents, or 0.8%, to $59.59 per barrel. The front-month U.S. West...

Gold Rises, Set For Best Week in Over a Month as Virus Rapidly Spreads

Gold prices hit their highest in seven years on Friday and were set to post their best week in one-and-a-half months, as demand for the safe-heaven asset was boosted by a surge in new coronavirus cases in South Korea. South Korea reported 52 new cases of the virus, taking the national total to 156, while Japan reported the first fatalities from aboard a cruise ship that accounts for the biggest cluster of infections outside China. Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,625.05 per ounce by 0409 GMT, after...

Gold Hits New 7-Year High as Virus Prompts More Upgrades

Gold prices surged to fresh seven-year highs as portfolio investors flocked to haven assets as the coronavirus spread menacingly outside of China. The number of confirmed cases in South Korea leaped to over 200, putting investors on alert for signs that the virus may be difficult to contain even in countries with advanced health care systems (and reliable data). By 7:45 AM ET (1245 GMT), gold futures for delivery on the Comex exchange were up 1.1% at $1637,65 a troy ounce, only a whisker...

Gold Steady Near 7-Year Peak as Persistent Virus Fears Dampen China Stimulus

Gold prices held steady at a near seven-year high on Friday as nervous investors opted for safe haven assets amid fears about the economic damage from China™s coronavirus epidemic that eclipsed Beijing™s stimulus efforts. Spot gold was little changed at $1,619.33 per ounce by 0108 GMT. In the previous session, bullion prices had hit a seven-year high at $1,623.45. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1% to $1,622.60. Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people in South Korea, has become the latest...

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