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Gold finishes lower as worries over China virus ebb

Gold futures ended with a modest loss on Wednesday, lacking support as some equities markets in Asia and the U.S. climbed and while commodities traders weighed the potential economic impact of an outbreak of a serious virus in China. Gold for February delivery on Comex lost $1.20, or 0.08%, to settle at $1,556.70 an ounce, while March silver added 2 cents, or 0.1%, to $17.828 an ounce following a 1.5% loss Tuesday. In other metals trading, March palladium rose 4.6% to $2,335.60 an ounce,...

Gold Settles Lower as Traders Weigh The Impact of China's Coronavirus on Demand for The Metal

Gold futures settled modestly lower on Tuesday, with some sources attributing the loss to the possibility that a viral outbreak may cut demand for the precious metal as China prepares for its New Year celebrations this weekend. The Chinese tend to buy more gold for the holiday celebration. Other sources, however, said that a further spread of the coronavirus may eventually support haven buying of gold. CNN reported Tuesday that the U.S. was expected to announce its first case of Wuhan...

Gold Steady Amid Virus Concerns; Palladium Decline

Gold was steady in Asia as markets assessed the likely impact of the spread of China™s coronavirus. Palladium extended its decline. Spot gold -0.1% to $1,556.81/oz at 7:41am in Singapore; -0.2% Tuesday. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index steady after +0.1% Tuesday. Other precious metals: Silver little changed at $17.7762/oz, Platinum -0.1% to $999.92/oz, Palladium -0.3% to $2,394.35/oz; prices fell 5.6% Tuesday, biggest loss since Aug. 1. Source: Bloomberg

Oil falls slightly amid Libya oil crisis

Oil prices dipped on Tuesday on expectations that a well-supplied market would be able to absorb disruptions that have cut Libya's crude production to a trickle. Brent crude was down 65 cents at $64.55 a barrel, having hit a session low of $64.06. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled down 20 cents at $58.34, after hitting a low of $57.68 earlier in the day. Almost all of Libya™s crude export capacity is now under force majeure - a waiver on contractual obligations - after pipeline...

Gold Holds Steady On Central Bank Policy Expectations

Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday as technical support on expected dovish monetary policy from central banks offset revived appetite for riskier assets and an upbeat dollar. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,555.73 an ounce at 13:22 GMT. U.S. gold futures dipped 0.2% to $1,555.50. Investors will keep a close eye on the European Central Bank™s first policy meeting of the year on Thursday, while the Fed™s first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28-29. Lower interest rates reduce the...

Iran Announces Resumption of Uranium Enrichment at Fordow
Friday, 8 November 2019 00:12 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

Iran's nuclear agency Thursday announced resumption of uranium enrichment at the country's underground Fordow nuclear facility, a site where, under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, it had agreed not to carry out any enrichment or enrichment-related research.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said in a statement the enrichment began overnight and was witnessed by an official from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency.

Iran said it plans to enrich up to the level of 4.5% at the site. That is slightly above the level allowed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but breaking that barrier was part of Iran's earlier steps away from the agreement as it calls for the other signatories to help it navigate around U.S. sanctions on its important oil exports.

The JCPOA was meant to address Western accusations that Iran was working to develop nuclear weapons, which Iran denied, saying its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes such as power generation and medicine. Enriching to 4.5% is far below the level needed to make a nuclear weapon.

In addition to carrying out enrichment at Fordow and enriching at higher levels, Iran has also exceeded limits on the amount of enriched material it is allowed to stockpile and it announced the development of more advanced centrifuges that are used in the enrichment process.

Iran's actions drew sharp criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, in a statement released early Thursday, called on world leaders to help prevent Iran from  developing a nuclear weapon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors is meeting Thursday in Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear work. The agency's inspectors are tasked with monitoring Iran™s compliance with the JCPOA.

Source : VOA

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold finishes lower as worries over China virus ebb

Gold futures ended with a modest loss on Wednesday, lacking support as some equities markets in Asia and the U.S. climbed and while commodities traders weighed the potential economic impact of an outbreak of a serious virus in China. Gold for February delivery on Comex lost $1.20, or 0.08%, to settle at $1,556.70 an ounce, while March silver added 2 cents, or 0.1%, to $17.828 an ounce following a 1.5% loss Tuesday. In other metals trading, March palladium rose 4.6% to $2,335.60 an ounce,...

Gold Settles Lower as Traders Weigh The Impact of China's Coronavirus on Demand for The Metal

Gold futures settled modestly lower on Tuesday, with some sources attributing the loss to the possibility that a viral outbreak may cut demand for the precious metal as China prepares for its New Year celebrations this weekend. The Chinese tend to buy more gold for the holiday celebration. Other sources, however, said that a further spread of the coronavirus may eventually support haven buying of gold. CNN reported Tuesday that the U.S. was expected to announce its first case of Wuhan...

Gold Steady Amid Virus Concerns; Palladium Decline

Gold was steady in Asia as markets assessed the likely impact of the spread of China™s coronavirus. Palladium extended its decline. Spot gold -0.1% to $1,556.81/oz at 7:41am in Singapore; -0.2% Tuesday. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index steady after +0.1% Tuesday. Other precious metals: Silver little changed at $17.7762/oz, Platinum -0.1% to $999.92/oz, Palladium -0.3% to $2,394.35/oz; prices fell 5.6% Tuesday, biggest loss since Aug. 1. Source: Bloomberg

Oil falls slightly amid Libya oil crisis

Oil prices dipped on Tuesday on expectations that a well-supplied market would be able to absorb disruptions that have cut Libya's crude production to a trickle. Brent crude was down 65 cents at $64.55 a barrel, having hit a session low of $64.06. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled down 20 cents at $58.34, after hitting a low of $57.68 earlier in the day. Almost all of Libya™s crude export capacity is now under force majeure - a waiver on contractual obligations - after pipeline...

Gold Holds Steady On Central Bank Policy Expectations

Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday as technical support on expected dovish monetary policy from central banks offset revived appetite for riskier assets and an upbeat dollar. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,555.73 an ounce at 13:22 GMT. U.S. gold futures dipped 0.2% to $1,555.50. Investors will keep a close eye on the European Central Bank™s first policy meeting of the year on Thursday, while the Fed™s first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28-29. Lower interest rates reduce the...

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