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Gold futures finish at their highest in more than 2 weeks

Gold futures settled at a more than two-week high on Thursday, as worries surrounding the spread of the coronavirus led to weakness in the U.S. stock market and a fall in bond yields, lifting the haven appeal of the precious metal. "Appetite towards the precious metal should remain supported by growing fears over the coronavirus outbreak in China," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "The general uncertainty is likely to accelerate the flight to safety with gold seen testing...

Hong Kong Stocks Sharply Down on Virus Fears (Review)

Hong Kong equities closed sharply lower on Thursday as investors took flight over the deadly SARS -like virus that has spread from China. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.52 percent, or 431.92 points, to end at 27,909.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index losing 2.75 percent, or 84.23 points, to close at 2,976.53, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, tumbled 3.45 percent, or 62.79 points, to 1,756.82 at the finish. Source : AFP

Gold Dips on Profit-Taking, Rate Expectations Cap Losses

Gold eased on Thursday as investors booked profits from recent rallies but held above the $1,550 technical support level on continuing low interest rates and a drop in risk appetite. Spot gold was down 0.3% at $1,554.24 an ounce. U.S. gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,553.80. Gold broke above the psychological barrier of $1,500 an ounce in late December on uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-China trade deal and the global economy. Bullion climbed further to a near-seven-year peak of $1,610.90 on...

Gold Inches Lower as Investors Seek Clarity on Virus Severity

Gold edged lower on Friday as investors sought details on the severity of the China virus after the World Health Organisation stopped short of announcing the outbreak as a global emergency. Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,559.28 per ounce by 0748 GMT, but was on track to gain 0.2% for the week. U.S. gold futures slipped 0.4% to $1,559.30. Asian shares inched higher following the WHO statement on Thursday that the new China virus does not yet constitute an international emergency. However,...

U.S. oil futures mark lowest settlement since late November

Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, sending U.S. prices to their lowest settlement since late November, as the spread of coronavirus raised worries about the global economy and energy demand. "All markets are watching the situation with China" and the coronavirus, said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors. "Energy markets could see a rather [large] impact on demand, especially if this virus gets worse." March West Texas Intermediate oil fell $1.15, or 2%, to settle at...

New Zealand Seismologists Fear New Eruption at Volcano
Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:16 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

New Zealand authorities say conditions on White Island continue to prevent efforts to send search crews to recover the bodies of those killed in Monday's volcanic eruption.

Seismologists with New Zealand's GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said Wednesday there remains a 40-to-60 percent chance of another major eruption within the next 24 hours.  Poisonous gas continues to vent out of the volcano's crater and the island is covered in acidic ash. 

Six people are now confirmed dead, with nine people now reported missing and at least 31 injured.  Health officials say at least 27 survivors suffered burns over more than 71 percent of their bodies; of that number, 22 are on airway support due to the severity of their burns.  An extra 1.2 square centimeters of skin will be needed to provide grafts for the victims.

Authorities say about 47 people were touring the island at the time of the eruption, including 24 Australians, with the rest from the United States, Britain, Germany, China, Malaysia and New Zealand.  Some of the victims were passengers from a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean.

Australia has sent at least one military aircraft to New Zealand to bring 10 victims back to Australia for treatment.

GeoNet raised the volcano's alert level last month to Level Two on the five-level scale that monitors its chances of eruption.  Still pictures captured by a GeoNet camera installed along the volcano's crater showed a group of tourists walking on the crater floor moments before the eruption.

Source : VOA

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold futures finish at their highest in more than 2 weeks

Gold futures settled at a more than two-week high on Thursday, as worries surrounding the spread of the coronavirus led to weakness in the U.S. stock market and a fall in bond yields, lifting the haven appeal of the precious metal. "Appetite towards the precious metal should remain supported by growing fears over the coronavirus outbreak in China," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "The general uncertainty is likely to accelerate the flight to safety with gold seen testing...

Hong Kong Stocks Sharply Down on Virus Fears (Review)

Hong Kong equities closed sharply lower on Thursday as investors took flight over the deadly SARS -like virus that has spread from China. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.52 percent, or 431.92 points, to end at 27,909.12. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index losing 2.75 percent, or 84.23 points, to close at 2,976.53, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, tumbled 3.45 percent, or 62.79 points, to 1,756.82 at the finish. Source : AFP

Gold Dips on Profit-Taking, Rate Expectations Cap Losses

Gold eased on Thursday as investors booked profits from recent rallies but held above the $1,550 technical support level on continuing low interest rates and a drop in risk appetite. Spot gold was down 0.3% at $1,554.24 an ounce. U.S. gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,553.80. Gold broke above the psychological barrier of $1,500 an ounce in late December on uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-China trade deal and the global economy. Bullion climbed further to a near-seven-year peak of $1,610.90 on...

Gold Inches Lower as Investors Seek Clarity on Virus Severity

Gold edged lower on Friday as investors sought details on the severity of the China virus after the World Health Organisation stopped short of announcing the outbreak as a global emergency. Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,559.28 per ounce by 0748 GMT, but was on track to gain 0.2% for the week. U.S. gold futures slipped 0.4% to $1,559.30. Asian shares inched higher following the WHO statement on Thursday that the new China virus does not yet constitute an international emergency. However,...

U.S. oil futures mark lowest settlement since late November

Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, sending U.S. prices to their lowest settlement since late November, as the spread of coronavirus raised worries about the global economy and energy demand. "All markets are watching the situation with China" and the coronavirus, said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors. "Energy markets could see a rather [large] impact on demand, especially if this virus gets worse." March West Texas Intermediate oil fell $1.15, or 2%, to settle at...

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