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Gold Futures Settle Lower As Dollar Stays Firm

Gold prices edged lower on Friday as the U.S. dollar gained in strength against most major currencies, riding on fairly encouraging U.S. retails sales data. Besides the retail sales data, a likely 25-basis points hike in U.S. interest rate next week supported dollar’s uptick. The Federal Reserve, which is scheduled to announced its monetary policy…

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Dollar Steady Ahead Of U.S. Retail Sales

At 8:30 am ET Friday, the Commerce Department will release U.S. retail sales for November. Ahead of the data, the greenback held steady against its major rivals. The greenback was worth 113.54 against the yen, 0.9970 against the franc, 1.2565 against the pound and 1.1288 against the euro as of 8:25 am ET. The material…

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Dollar Trading Mixed As Weekend Approaches

The dollar is up against its major European rivals Friday afternoon, but has turned lower against the Japanese Yen after paring early gains. Disappointing economic data from China and Europe has helped to drive the buck higher as the weekend approaches. Meanwhile, a trio of U.S. economic reports this morning proved mixed. With a steep…

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New Zealand Services Sector Slows In November – BusinessNZ

The services sector in New Zealand continued to expand ion November, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from BusinessNZ revealed on Monday with a Performance of Services Index score of 53.5. That’s down notably from 55.4 in October, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among…

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Singapore Trade Data On Tap For Monday

Singapore will on Monday release October figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In September, imports were worth SGD47.13 billion and exports were at SGD52.67 billion for a trade surplus of SGD5.54 billion. Indonesia will see November numbers for imports, exports and trade balance. In October, imports…

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German Wholesale Price Inflation Slows In November

Germany’s wholesale price inflation slowed in November, entirely reversing the acceleration seen in the previous month, preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office showed on Friday. The wholesale price index rose 3.5 percent year-on-year following a 4 percent increase in October. The measure climbed at 3.5 percent in September. An 18.9 percent increase in the…

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EU New Car Registrations Fall For Third Month: ACEA

New passenger car registrations in the European Union declined for a third straight month in November, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, or ACEA, said Friday. Demand for new cars fell 8 percent year-on-year following a 7.3 percent slump in October and a 23.5 percent plunge in September. Ahead of the introduction of the new WLTP…