Today’s Gold signal
1. Gold prices rose on Friday supported by a dip in the dollar following a nonfarm payrolls report that undershot forecasts but gains were capped as bullish wage growth lifted expectations for higher inflation. Gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $3.64, or 0.29%, to $1,276.76. a troy ounce.
2. President Donald Trump will announce new U.S. responses to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday. “The president isn’t looking at one piece of this. He’s looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters.
3. Crude oil prices settled lower on Friday as investor attention shifted to a potential disruption to energy infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Nate bears down on the region amid renewed oversupply concerns. On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for November delivery fell 2.95% to settle at $49.29 a barrel, while on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, Brent 2.23% to trade at $55.70 a barrel.
4. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike does not expect her new conservative party to pick a candidate for prime minister during the campaign for the Oct. 22 election, leaving the door open to eventually backing a lawmaker from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party. Koike’s new Party of Hope has emerged as a serious challenge to Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party supporter base, but she has said she would not personally contest the election. Abe called the snap election last month in hopes his ruling bloc would keep its majority in parliament’s lower house, where it now has a two-thirds “super” majority.
5. Puerto Rico needs to accelerate the timetable for restoring its power grid or else residents will flee for the mainland rather than live without electricity for months, the chairman of the territory’s largest bank said on Friday. In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Banco Popular Chairman Richard Carrion said prolonged outages could shrink the U.S. territory’s economy and hurt its banking system. More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, most of Puerto Rico is still without electricity. With about $40 billion in assets, Banco Popular is Puerto Rico’s biggest financial institution. Carrion said 85 of the bank’s 169 branches were open, and that only about 40 percent of its cash machines were operating.