GOLD TRADING FORECAST TODAY
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices rose on Wednesday on the back of further speculation that the Federal Reserve may take a less aggressive stance on policy tightening, while tension over trade issues between the U.S. and China continued to provide support for the precious metal. At 9:38 AM ET (14:38 GMT), gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $6.20, or 0.51%, to $1,227.40 a troy ounce.
- U.S. President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia for helping to lower oil prices on Wednesday as pressure intensified to impose tougher sanctions on the Middle East ally following the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a tweet, Trump thanked Riyadh for the recent drop in oil prices and called for prices to go even lower, likening it to “a big tax cut” that could boost the U.S. and global economies.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the Group of 20 summit next week, the Kremlin said. The talks will come just days before a crucial meeting of OPEC and its allies in Vienna, where Saudi Arabia will be trying to convince Russia to cooperate on curbing crude output next year following oil’s plunge back into a bear market.
- As Prime Minister Theresa May battled to save her draft Brexit deal in the face of resignations from her team and threats of a leadership coup, many believed one man could deal the fatal blow. But he didn’t. Michael Gove, her environment minister and the most prominent Brexit campaigner in the British cabinet, took two days to weigh up his options. During that time he declined May’s offer to be Brexit minister, because she refused to let him renegotiate the deal.
- The Group of 20 industrialized nations is drafting a communique that will exclude an explicit pledge to fight protectionism, which could help avoid a repetition of friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and world leaders at last year’s summit, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The draft communique obtained by the FT calls for countries to keep markets open, preserve multilateral trade, and ensure a level playing field, the newspaper reported. The document could change before the 2018 summit begins in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, it said.
- Greece on Wednesday projected its economy would grow by 2.5 percent next year, as it submitted its first post-bailout budget to parliament promising to return a high surplus. Presenting its 2019 budget, vetted and approved by the European Commission, Athens said it would outperform on its primary surplus targets for the fifth year running, returning a surplus of 3.6 percent of economic output. The government also saw the country’s debt at 167.8 percent of GDP next year from 180.4 this year.
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