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Friday, 21 February 2020 09:31 WIB

Gold prices held steady at a near seven-year high on Friday as nervous investors opted for safe haven assets amid fears about the economic damage from China™s coronavirus epidemic that eclipsed Beijing™s stimulus efforts. Spot gold was little changed at $1,619.33 per ounce by 0108 GMT. In the previous session, bullion prices had hit a seven-year high at $1,623.45. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1% to $1,622.60. Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people in South Korea, has become the latest victim of the virus outside China. The country now has 104 confirmed cases of the flu-like virus and...

RECENT NEWS
Oil Prices Slide as Coronavirus Spread Beyond China Raises Demand Worries
Friday, 21 February 2020 09:23 WIB | Minyak WTI brent oil Oil, Crude Oil

Oil prices fell on Friday with fears for fuel demand growing as the coronavirus epidemic that originated in China spread further beyond the country, while major crude producers stood pat on taking early action to cut output to support the market. Brent crude was down 24 cents, or 0.4%, at $59.07 a barrel by 0155 GMT, while U.S. crude was off by 25 cents, or 0.5%, at $53.63 a barrel. On Friday South Korean authorities confirmed 52 new coronavirus infections, Yonhap reported. The streets of the country's fourth-largest city were deserted on Thursday after dozens of people there went down...

USD/JPY struggles around 112.00 amid fresh risk-off, Japan data
Friday, 21 February 2020 08:10 WIB | Dolar AS USD/JPY,

USD/JPY seesaws around 112.00 amid the initial minutes of the Tokyo open on Friday. The yen pair recently surged to the highest since April 2019 following the broad US dollar rally and weakness of the Japanese fundamentals. The Japanese yen is now under pressure following the downbeat fundamentals at home. Not only the Asian economys sustained failures to reach 2.0% target inflation but the disappointing figures of the fourth quarter (Q4) GDP also raised doubts on the JPYs safe-haven status. While identifying this, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently pushed the BOJ...

Oil posts 6th positive session in 7 on smaller-than-expected inventory build
Friday, 21 February 2020 03:09 WIB | Minyak Brent Minyak Mentah Minyak WTI

Oil prices rose on Thursday after the U.S. government reported a much smaller-than-anticipated rise in crude stocks, but gains were capped by worries about the spread of Coronavirus outside China. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that crude inventories rose only 414,000 barrels last week, compared with expectations of a 2.5 million barrel rise from analysts in a Reuters poll. Brent crude rose 47 cents, or 0.8%, to $59.59 per barrel. The front-month U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures contract, which expires Thursday, gained 49 cents, or 0.9%, to...

Gold futures mark highest settlement in 7 years
Friday, 21 February 2020 01:51 WIB | GOLD

Gold futures climbed on Thursday for a sixth consecutive session to log their highest settlement since February 2013. "Coronavirus fears magnetized investors towards safe-haven assets," said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "With the virus outbreak fostering uncertainty, unease and anxiety across the board, gold is set to shine through the chaos." April gold rose $8.70, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,620.50 an ounce. Source: Marketwatch

Oil Steady After 7-Day Rally on Supply Outlook and Stimulus Hope
Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:40 WIB | Brent WTI Minyak

Oil steadied in London after the longest rally in a year on signs of tighter global supply, and hopes that Chinese economic stimulus will cushion fuel demand from the impact of the coronavirus. Brent traded near $59 a barrel after gaining 11% during a seven-day advance. The U.S. projected that shale output, which has kept markets awash with oil for years, will see only limited growth next month. The halt of exports from OPEC member Libya is showing no signs of ending, and American sanctions on Rosneft PJSCs trading unit could impede shipments from Venezuela. The...

Gold Falls from Near 7-yr Peak as China Acts to Support Economy
Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:15 WIB | EMAS GOLD

Gold edged lower on Thursday after China announced more measures to limit the economic impact from coronavirus epidemic, although a rise in number of new cases in South Korea kept bullion close to a near seven-year peak. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,610.31 per ounce. U.S. gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,613.30. Gold rose to its highest since March 2013 at $1,612.62 in the previous session on concerns of the economic impact of the virus outbreak. Source : Reuters

GBP/USD Holds Steady Above 1.2900 Mark Post-UK Retail Sales
Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:15 WIB | GBP/USD Poundsterling

The GBP/USD pair edged higher to fresh session tops, around the 1.2920-25 region post-UK macro data, albeit lacked any strong follow-through. According to the data released this Thursday, the UK monthly retail sales recorded a growth of 0.9% in January as compared to 0.7% expected and the previous month's fall of 0.5% (revised higher from -0.6% reported earlier. Adding to this, the yearly rate also bettered expectations and came in to show a rise of 0.8%, though was still below the 0.9% growth posted in December. Meanwhile, sales excluding fuel increased by 1.6% MoM and 1.2% YoY, again...

Gold Prices Steady as China Cuts Benchmark Rate to Support Economy
Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:22 WIB | EMAS GOLD

Gold prices steadied on Thursday in Asia as China said its cutting its benchmark lending rate to prop up the economy. Gold Futures for April delivery was little changed at $1,611.15 by 1:25 AM ET (05:25 GMT). On Thursday, the Peoples Bank of China said its one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was lowered by 10 basis points to 4.05% from 4.15% at the previous monthly fixing. The five-year LPR was lowered by 5 basis points to 4.75% from 4.80%. The decisions came as a new coronavirus outbreak, which has caused over 2,000 deaths in the country and almost 75,000 infections, caused widespread...

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PRECIOUS METALS
Gold Steady Near 7-Year Peak as Persistent Virus Fears Dampen China Stimulus
Friday, 21 February 2020 09:31 WIB

Gold prices held steady at a near seven-year high on Friday as nervous investors opted for safe haven assets amid fears about the economic damage from China™s coronavirus epidemic that eclipsed...

ENERGY
Oil Prices Slide as Coronavirus Spread Beyond China Raises Demand Worries
Friday, 21 February 2020 09:23 WIB

Oil prices fell on Friday with fears for fuel demand growing as the coronavirus epidemic that originated in China spread further beyond the country, while major crude producers stood pat on taking...

CURRENCIES
USD/JPY struggles around 112.00 amid fresh risk-off, Japan data
Friday, 21 February 2020 08:10 WIB

USD/JPY seesaws around 112.00 amid the initial minutes of the Tokyo open on Friday. The yen pair recently surged to the highest since April 2019 following the broad US dollar rally and weakness of...