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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- The spot price of palladium retained its record-making streak on Wednesday after investors linked the precious metal used for purifying auto emissions with an announcement by China that could boost car ownership in the world’s second-largest economy. Gold, meanwhile, continued to tread water just below $1,300 a troy ounce as precious metals bulls remained wary of chasing the yellow metal higher without a clear path lower for the dollar, which has remained resilient despite a dovish-sounding Fed of late.
- Oil has turned into a bull market, from a bear market just two week ago, as priced jumped more than 5%. U.S. crude’s benchmark West Texas Intermediate grade jumped to more than $52 per barrel on Wednesday, gaining exactly $10 per barrel, or almost 24% above the 18-month lows of $42.36 hit on Christmas Eve. U.K. Brent hit 2019 highs above $62. New York-traded WTI settled up $2.58, or 5.2%, at $52.36 per barrel after a 2019 high at $52.58.
- Gasoline shortages in Mexico sparked by a crackdown on fuel theft prompted warnings from business leaders that industries like car making will suffer if the shortfalls persist as lines at gas stations in the capital grew on Wednesday. The drive to eradicate a crime that has deprived state coffers of billions of dollars is President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s first major move against chronic corruption since taking office on Dec. 1, but risks angering consumers and hurting the economy.
- Federal Reserve policymakers have indicated they may be open to tweaking a longstanding plan to shrink the central bank’s balance sheet, including by shedding housing-backed bonds earlier than anticipated or keeping a bigger-than expected portfolio of assets. Those were among a range of options discussed at the Fed’s December meeting, minutes released on Wednesday showed. The discussion will continue at future meetings, the minutes said.
- Sterling is likely to gain more than 8 percent this year — assuming Britain and the European Union part ways amicably, according to a Reuters poll of foreign exchange strategists. The pound has largely been ignoring economic data, instead swinging wildly on any snippet of news about Britain’s departure from the EU in less than three months. While it has showed some strength to start the year, that is largely down to dollar weakness. Its performance against the euro (EURGBP=) has been more muted.
- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday the country’s economy was expected to continue expanding moderately. He also said Japan’s financial system remained stable. “Japan’s economy is expanding moderately” as rising household income underpins consumption, Kuroda said in a speech at a quarterly meeting of the central bank’s regional branch managers.
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