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- Gold prices slipped from three-month highs on Wednesday as weakness in the euro and sterling pushed the dollar to nine-week highs. At 9:09 AM ET (13:09 GMT), gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.20, or 0.10%, to $1,232.20 a troy ounce, backing away from $1,237.80 reached on Tuesday amid simmering geopolitical tensions.
- Oil held losses near the lowest level in more than two months as Saudi Arabia pledged to offset any supply shortfalls and as global investors shunned risk assets. Futures in New York were little changed on Wednesday. Prices retreated about 4 percent on Tuesday following a tumble in American equities, which later pared losses. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are in a “produce as much as you can mode,” said Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
- U.S. crude oil production is on track this year to blast through the all-time annual record of 3.52 billion barrels set in 1970. Natural gas production, which broke its 1973 all-time record in 2011, is after a dip in 2016 back on record breaking pace as well. Employment in the oil and gas industry, though, isn’t setting any records at all. It probably peaked back in the early 1980s.
- Euro-area growth slowed to the weakest in more than two years at the start of the fourth quarter as manufacturers suffered from mounting concerns over global trade. The dismal reading for the Purchasing Managers’ Index comes a day before European Central Bank policy makers meet to review the risks facing the economy and their pledge to cap bond buying in December. Ebbing confidence could damp their optimism about momentum in the region. The composite PMI from IHS Markit dropped to 52.7 in October from 54.1 in September.
- Sweden’s central bank said it may soon need to raise interest rates for the first time in seven years if the pace of growth in Scandinavia’s biggest economy continues to support inflation. The Riksbank stuck to its earlier guidance, which gave policy makers a window from December until February to deliver a 25 basis-point rate increase. The bank kept its main rate at minus 0.5 percent, as expected by economists.
- Australia is likely to see weaker property prices and diminished productivity under policy proposals by the opposition Labor party that’s on track to win government, says Royal Bank of Canada. House prices could fall 15 percent under plans to curb property investment tax breaks, while proposed changes to other investor perks could shave up to 0.2 percent from annual consumption, Su-Lin Ong, head of Australian economic and fixed-income strategy at RBC, said in a research note. A general election must be called by May at the latest.
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