TODAY’S COMEX GOLD SIGNAL AND DAILY TECHNICAL REPORT
TODAY’S COMEX GOLD SIGNAL
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices fell to a two-and-a-half year low on Tuesday, as a stronger dollar weighed on the precious metal and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell backed gradual rate increases. Comex gold futures for August delivery decreased 0.86% to $1,229.20 a troy ounce as of 10:37 AM ET (14:37 GMT). The price of gold fell as Powell reiterated the central bank should gradually increase interest rates. The Fed raised rates twice this year and is expected to raise rates at least once more before the end of the year.
- Before the U.S.-China trade war, American pig processors exported nine out of every 10 pigs’ feet and heads they shipped overseas to China and Hong Kong – for prices higher than they would fetch anywhere else. Those parts and others that most Americans won’t eat – hearts, tongues, stomachs, entrails – have a special place in Chinese culinary culture and, consequently, in the profit margins of U.S. pork exporters.
- Global benchmark Brent crude oil hit a three-month low on Tuesday as worries over supply disruptions eased and the focus moved to increasing production and potential damage to global growth from the U.S.-China trade dispute. Benchmark Brent crude oil (LCOc1) fell 49 cents to an intraday low of $71.35 a barrel, its lowest since April 17, before recovering to around $71.65, down 19 cents, by 1020 GMT.
- The European Central Bank should not tie its hands too early when it comes to future monetary policy decisions, but look instead at how the economy pans out, Finland’s new central bank governor Olli Rehn told Reuters on Tuesday. The ECB said last month it expects to end its 2.6 trillion euro ($3.0 trillion) bond-buying program at the end of the year and to keep interest rates at their current, record low level “through the summer of 2019”, leading investors to price in a hike in October of next year.
- U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, discounting the risk that a trade war may throw a global recovery off track, said the economy is on the cusp of “several years” where the job market remains strong and inflation stays around the Fed’s 2 percent target. In written testimony delivered to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, the Fed chair signaled not just that he believes the economy is doing well, but that an era of stable growth may continue provided the Fed gets its policy decisions right.
- The Russian foreign ministry, citing a court ruling, said on Tuesday that Business France trade agency in Moscow, which Paris has now decided to shut down, had been functioning without any “legal basis”. France said on Monday it had decided to shut its Business France trade agency in Russia after what it said was a long period of negotiations with local authorities following Moscow’s expulsion of its director.
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