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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- The delayed U.S.-China summit and weaker forecasts for Europe are playing into a slowing global growth narrative that could brighten gold bugs’ hopes. Gold traded steady to higher on Thursday after NBC reported that a meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was “highly unlikely” before the March 1 deadline set by the U.S. for reaching a trade deal.
- Russia’s apparent disinclination to come further into OPEC’s game and delays in the U.S.-China summit are frustrating oil bulls hopes of seeing U.S. crude above $55 per barrel. Crude prices tumbled more than 3% early in the day after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak poured cold water over Saudi Arabia’s hopes, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, to lure Moscow and the group of 10 non-OPEC oil producers it leads into a formal pact with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to better manage oil prices.
- Oil markets were cautious early on Friday, held back by concerns over a global economic slowdown but supported by supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $52.61 per barrel at 0046 GMT, down 3 cents from their last settlement. WTI dropped by around 2.5 percent the previous session.
- The Federal Reserve is likely to miss its 2 percent inflation target for an eighth straight year in 2019, a further sign the U.S. central bank’s recent round of rate increases should end, James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, said on Thursday. Bullard said the pricing of inflation-protected securities showed that investors late last year began lowering their expectations about inflation, and now see the Fed missing its 2 percent target not just this year but for years to come.
- Japan’s household spending rose slightly in December from a year earlier to mark the first increase in four months, government data showed on Friday, suggesting a pick up in consumption may moderate pressure from slowing global demand. The data offers some relief to Bank of Japan policymakers worried that heightening overseas economic uncertainties may discourage firms from raising wages and hurt consumption.
- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Thursday said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will testify on the state of the economy on Tuesday, Feb. 26, presenting the semiannual monetary policy report to Congress.
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