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Monday, 30 March 2020 15:30 WIB

The dollar is back in demand Monday as hopes of an early end to the shutdown which has paralysed the U.S. economy were dashed over the weekend, prompting some traders to head back to the greenback safe haven. At 3:55 AM ET (0815 GMT), the U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, stood at 98.965, up 0.4%. EUR/USD traded at 1.1078, down 0.6%, USD/JPY flat at 107.86. On Sunday, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines to the end of April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire...

RECENT NEWS
Gold Swings After ECB Announces More Stimulus as Virus Spreads
Thursday, 19 March 2020 09:19 WIB | EMAS GOLD

Gold got a brief lift after the European Central Bank launched an extra emergency bond-buying program worth 750 billion euros ($820 billion) to cushion the economy from the coronavirus pandemic as the continent surpasses China in its number of confirmed cases and deaths. Bullion jumped from the lowest close since December after the ECB moved to calm markets, adding to efforts across the world that have so far largely underwhelmed investors. The decision, which followed an unscheduled meeting, is the latest in an escalating response to an outbreak widely seen driving the...

AUD/USD Stays Below 0.5800 Despite Surprise Upbeat Aussie Jobs Report
Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:19 WIB | AUD/USD, Dollar Australia,

Despite witnessing better than forecast February month Australian jobs report, AUD/USD remains on the back foot near 0.5770 during Thursdays Asian session. The reason could be traced from the comparative strength of the US dollar amid the rush to hoard the greenback during the times of major steps to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). Australias February month seasonally adjusted Employment Change rose beyond 10K forecast and 13.5K prior figures to 26.7K whereas Unemployment Rate also slipped below 5.3% expected and earlier to 5.1%. Even so, the Aussie pair fails to cheer the data...

Oil Rollercoaster Has Crude Rebounding After Drop to 18-Year Low
Thursday, 19 March 2020 07:39 WIB | Brent WTI Minyak

Oil rebounded in early Asian trading after plunging to the lowest level in 18 years as the market grapples with a double whammy of collapsing demand and an impending supply flood. Futures rose almost 17% in New York, the most since December 2008, following a 24% rout in the previous session. The European Central Bank has unleashedan emergency bond-buying program as policy makers around the world take steps to strengthen their economies against the impact of the coronavirus, which has curbed travel and closed entire regions across the globe. While Russia and the Saudis are set to...

Oil falls 24% in 3rd worst day on record, sinks to more than 18-year low
Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:17 WIB | Minyak WTI

Oil dropped 24% to a more than 18-year low on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sap demand for crude, and as rising worries about a global recession lead to fears of longer-term demand destruction. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 24.4%, or $6.58, to settle at $20.37 per barrel, its lowest level since Feb. 2002. At the low of the day, the contract hit $20.06. It was WTIs third worst day on record. International benchmark Brent crude shed 14.1%, or $4.07, to trade at $24.67, its lowest level since 2003. Oil is getting hit on both the supply and demand side. A...

Gold drops back to lowest since December stock-market plunge leads to further deleveraging
Thursday, 19 March 2020 01:18 WIB | GOLD

Gold prices on Wednesday dropped back to their lowest settlement since December, signaling a flight to liquidity by investors will continue to outweigh the metals traditional haven appeal as equities see another round of heavy losses on worries over the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gold for April delivery on Comex fell $47.90, or 3.1%, to settle at $1,477.90 an ounce, with prices for the most-active contract ending at their lowest since December, according to FactSet data. On Monday, prices for the most-active contract scored their first gain in six sessions. May silver...

Gold Edges Lower as Stock-Market Plunge Points to Further Deleveraging
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 19:51 WIB | EMAS GOLD

Gold edged lower Wednesday, signaling a flight to liquidity by investors will continue to outweigh the metal's traditional haven appeal as equities head for another round of heavy losses on worries over the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gold for April delivery on Comex was off $7.80, or 0.5%, at $1,518 an ounce, while May silver fell 11.5 cents, or 0.9%, to $12.38 an ounce. U.S. stock-index futures traded limit down overnight, pointing to sharp losses for stocks on Wednesday after a Tuesday bounce. Sharp selloffs in equities and other risky assets have tended to drag gold lower...

U.S. crude hits 17-year low as lockdowns, restrictions spread
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:41 WIB | Minyak Brent Minyak Mentah Minyak WTI

Oil prices fell for a third session on Wednesday with U.S. crude futures tumbling to a 17-year low as travel and social lockdowns sparked by the coronavirus epidemic knocked the outlook for demand. U.S. crude (Clc1) was down $1.77 cents, or 6.57%, at $25.18 per barrel by 10:41 GMT, having earlier fallen to $25.06, its lowest since late April 2003. The last time oil was trading that low, the United States had invaded Iraq and China had only begun its rise as a major global economic power that propelled the world's oil consumption to record highs in subsequent years. Brent crude (LCOc1) was...

Gold Reverses Course to Fall 1% as Flight for Cash Resumes
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:08 WIB | EMAS GOLD

Gold erased early gains to fall more than 1% on Wednesday as mounting fears over the economic hit from the coronavirus overshadowed additional stimulus measures by the United States and prompted investors to sell precious metals to hoard cash. Spot gold fell 1.1% to $1,511.72 per ounce by 07:01 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.9% to $1,512.10 an ounce. U.S. stock futures and several Asian shares fell in choppy trade as worries about the virus eclipsed hopes broad policy support would combat the economic fallout of the outbreak. The U.S. dollar eased, but hovered near a four-week high...

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PRECIOUS METALS
Gold Prices Slip After Big Weekly Gains
Monday, 30 March 2020 10:21 WIB

Gold prices slipped on Monday in Asia after recording their biggest weekly gains since 2008. Gold futures were down by 0.1% at $1,652.50 by 9:34 PM ET (2:34 GMT), after almost reaching the $1,700...

ENERGY
Crude oil futures slide as pandemic darkens demand outlook
Monday, 30 March 2020 07:46 WIB

Crude oil benchmarks dropped on Monday, extending last week's losses as the global coronavirus pandemic worsened and the Saudi Arabia-Russia price war showed no signs of abating. U.S. West Texas...

CURRENCIES
Dollar in Demand; Sterling Weighed by Downgrade
Monday, 30 March 2020 15:30 WIB

The dollar is back in demand Monday as hopes of an early end to the shutdown which has paralysed the U.S. economy were dashed over the weekend, prompting some traders to head back to the greenback...