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- Gold prices fell on Tuesday as the safe haven demand for the dollar was boosted by concerns over the pending trade dispute between the U.S. and China. At 10:25 AM ET (14:25 GMT), gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $6.80, or 0.55%, to $1,225.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, gained 0.22% to 96.79.
- Oil prices continued to slide on Tuesday, adding to a sharp decline for the month of October as concerns over the outlook for global demand amid simmering trade tensions, coupled with increasing supply and rising inventories, pummeled the outlook for crude. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 98 cents, or 1.46%, at $66.06 a barrel by 8:56 AM ET (12:56 GMT).
- The Trump administration has cut down Iran’s crude exports more quickly than many expected, but just days before a White House deadline, it is still a long way from achieving its stated goal of zeroing out Iranian oil sales. Iran’s oil exports have fallen by about a third in the five months through September. They tumbled by about 800,000 barrels per day since President Donald Trump announced in May he was abandoning a nuclear accord with Iran and restoring wideranging sanctions on its economy.
- Finance minister Philip Hammond’s budget plans show Britain is not serious about its goal of wiping out its budget deficit by the mid-2020s, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said on Tuesday. Hammond unveiled the biggest discretionary loosening of the public finances since the economic crash on Monday, as he tried to make good on Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise that years of austerity were ending.
- The credit quality of U.S. states is improving, with revenue growth and spending moderation helping to halt a downward trend, according to a report to be released later on Tuesday.States’ revenue growth is higher than national economic growth in current dollars, the bi-annual report from global investment management firm Conning Inc found. The boost in credit quality to “stable” is Conning’s first higher outlook, up from “declined,” on states in two and a half years. The firm manages more than $9 billion of municipal bonds in client portfolios.
- Italy’s economy stagnated in the third quarter, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the zero growth justified Rome’s expansionary 2019 budget which the European Commission has rejected because it breaks EU rules. Gross domestic product was unchanged between July and September, following a 0.2 percent rise in the second quarter, and was up just 0.8 percent on an annual basis, national statistics bureau ISTAT reported.
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