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MARKET UPDATE
S&P 500, Dow close at new records, notch best weekly gains since August
Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:19 WIB

U.S. stocks closed at all-time highs Friday, marking the third-straight record close for the Dow and S&P 500, as investors cheered bullish economic data and continued to ride a wave of trade optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 50 points, or 0.2%, to about 29,348, the S&P 500 index gained roughly 13 points, or 0.4% to close at 3,330 and the Nasdaq Composite index advanced 32...

ECONOMY
U.K. Retail Sales Extend Worst Run on Record Despite Discounting
Friday, 17 January 2020 16:47 WIB

U.K. consumers stayed away from the stores during the key Christmas trading period, despite widespread discounting and a break in the political impasse over Brexit.  The volume of goods sold in stores and online fell 0.6% in December, confounding expectations of a 0.6% increase. Sales excluding auto fuel dropped 0.8%.  The figures, which include Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will...

COMMODITY
Oil posts second straight week of declines as global demand concerns weigh
Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:02 WIB

Oil prices steadied on Friday as sluggish economic growth in China, the world's biggest crude importer, raised concerns over fuel demand and countered optimism from the signing of a China-U.S. trade deal. Brent crude futures gained 25 cents to trade at $64.87 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 2 cents to settle at $58.54. For the week, Brent fell 0.2%, while WTI lost...

GLOBAL
Top Iran Leader Says Trump is a 'Clown' Who Pretends Support
Friday, 17 January 2020 23:31 WIB

Iran's supreme leader says its missile attack on U.S. troops in Iraq earlier this month was a "blow to America's image'' as a superpower, as he led prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said America had "cowardly'' killed the most effective commander in the fight against the Islamic State group when it killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S....

FISCAL & MONETARY
BoE Could Give "Prompt Response" to Signs of Lasting Weakness in UK Economy - Carney
Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:07 WIB

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday there could be a "relatively prompt response" from the central bank if it looked like weakness in the economy will persist. "With the relatively limited space to cut Bank Rate, if evidence builds that the weakness in activity could persist, risk management considerations would favour a relatively prompt response,...