Daily Archives: September 11, 2018
COMEX GOLD SIGNAL
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices were flat on Monday amid expectations of a Federal Reserve rate hike and trade war tensions lowered investor sentiment. Comex gold futures for December delivery fell 0.08% to $1,199.40 a troy ounce as of 4:43 AM ET (8:43 GMT). The price of gold was flat as Friday’s upbeat jobs repor increased expectations of a Fed rate hike in September. Expectations of higher interest rates tend to boost the dollar by making the currency more attractive to yieldseeking investors.
- Oil prices rose on Monday as U.S. drilling stalled and as investors anticipated lower supply once new U.S. sanctions against Iran’s crude exports kick in from November. Benchmark Brent crude oil rose $1.09 a barrel, or 1.4 percent, to a high of $77.92 and was trading at $77.85 by 0900 GMT. U.S. light crude was 70 cents higher at $68.45.
- Plans for a deal under which Russia and Kazakhstan are to supply wheat to Iran have stalled as “no progress” has been made in its financing, the secretary general of the Iran Federation of Food Industry Associations said. Talks on the deal began six months ago. It would see Russia and Kazakhstan supplying wheat to Iranian flour millers, who in turn would supply flour to Iraq — a market dominated by Turkey.
- European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom met her U.S. counterpart for the first time on Monday since President Donald Trump dropped his threat to impose tariffs on EU cars, saying they had discussed how to achieve concrete results soon. Malmstrom hosted United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Brussels on Monday. The two are set to meet again at the end of September.
- Economists say the country is close to full employment, but pay gains for American workers have been flat since 2015. Even last week’s upward blip in wage growth could be wiped out by inflation. Yet Americans haven’t been this optimistic about future pay raises since the century began, according to the Conference Board’s monthly surveys.
- Turkish economic growth slowed to 5.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, data showed on Monday, in what officials described as an “economic rebalancing” before an expected second-half slowdown as Turkey grapples with a currency crisis. President Tayyip Erdogan has overseen strong growth during his 15 years in power but the economy is now facing challenges after a sharp decline in the lira, triggered partly by concerns about his influence over monetary policy.
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