TODAY’S COMEX GOLD SIGNAL AND DAILY TECHNICAL REPORT
COMEX GOLD SIGNAL
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Metal prices traded mixed benefiting from a weaker dollar despite a preliminary reading of second-quarter U.S. economic growth showing the economy grew at its fastest pace in nearly four years. Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $1.60, or 0.13%, to $1,224.10 a troy ounce, but remained well above an intraday low of $1,216.70.
- An agreement by the European Union to increase soy imports from the United States will not harm EU farmers, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said in an interview published on Saturday. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to increase soy imports in a deal reached with U.S. President Donald Trump, under which Washington will suspend the imposition of new tariffs on the EU.
- Venezuela’s highly subsidized gasoline, cheaper than anywhere in the world, could be more expensive starting next month. Why? The smallest coin that will be available in the market will be enough to fill 100 SUV tanks. The bizarre situation is the result of a rapidly depreciating currency, hyperinflation and ridiculously low prices for fuel. President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to redenominate the bolivar on Aug. 20 by lopping off five zeroes means that 50-cent coins for the new “sovereign” bolivar will be worth 50,000 of the old (and poorly named) “strong” bolivar.
- Top BlackRock Inc (N:BLK) bond investor Rick Rieder halved exposure in recent months to a once-major bet in his portfolios on emerging markets on concerns including that the dollar could move higher, he told Reuters on Friday. “I still would argue volatility is going to be higher, the dollar could potentially continue to grind higher,” said Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of global fixed income. “It’s just prudent to run a smaller exposure.”
- Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday that the negotiating teams for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are ready to kick off talks again after they stalled last month. NAFTA talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada had stalled since June when the United States imposed tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum. Both countries responded with levies on products including U.S. pork, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon.
- President Sebastian Pinera wanted to make one thing perfectly clear about Moody’s Investors Service’s decision to downgrade Chile’s credit rating: It’s not my fault. “The reaction of the rating agency is due to things that happened in previous years,” Pinera, who took office March 11, told reporters Friday. “As you well know, our government is correcting those reasons.” Moody’s reduced Chile’s senior unsecured debt ratings to A1 from Aa3, citing a gradual and broadbased deterioration in the country’s credit profile.
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