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MARKET UPDATE
Hong Kong Shares Suffer Fresh Losses
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 03:34 WIB

Hong Kong shares extended losses Tuesday on growing geopolitical fears after the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, while traders were also on edge over increasingly violent protests that have rocked the city for months. The Hang Seng Index lost 1.23 percent, or 334.31 points, to 26,790.24. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.74 percent, or 52.63 points, to 2,978.12 and the...

ECONOMY
US: Retail sales rose 0.4% in August vs. 0.2% expected
Friday, 13 September 2019 19:46 WIB

The data published by the US Census Bureau today revealed that retail and food services sail in August rose 0.4% on a monthly basis to $526.1 billion and beat the market expectation for an increase of 0.2%. On a yearly basis, retail sales grew by 4.1%. Total sales for the June 2019 through August 2019 period were up 3.7% from the same period a year ago. The June 2019 to July 2019 percent change...

COMMODITY
U.S. Oil Futures Settle With a Loss of Nearly 6%
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:53 WIB

Oil futures declined Tuesday, with U.S. prices losing nearly 6%. The move follows news that Saudi Arabia's energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the kingdom has restored 50% of its production lost in the weekend attacks on its oil facilities and plans to see its output return to normal by the end of this month, according to The Wall Street Journal. With capacity of 11 million barrels...

GLOBAL
Chinese Envoy Heading to US to Prepare for New Round of Trade Talks
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:26 WIB

China says a government official will travel to the United States this week to lay the groundwork for the resumption of high-level trade talks next month. State-run Xinhua news agency says deputy finance minister Liao Min will arrive in Washington Wednesday for talks with counterparts from the Trump administration to "pave the way" for the senior level negotiations, which...

FISCAL & MONETARY
RBA Sees Risk of Property-Price Spike as House-Building Dwindles
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:03 WIB

Australia's central bank said there's potential for an upswing in home prices as dwelling construction weakens, while reiterating it's prepared to lower interest rates further. In minutes of its Sept. 3 policy meeting released in Sydney Tuesday, the Reserve Bank also noted that "the upward trend in wages growth appeared to have stalled" and that forward-looking indicators...