MARKET UPDATE
Stocks slide after weak Europe data underlines growth worries
Friday, 22 March 2019 20:53 WIB

U.S. stocks fell at the start of trade Friday, after a downbeat round of European data underlined worries about global economic growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 118 points, or 0.5%, to 25,845, while the S&P 500 index was off 11 points, or 0.4%, to 2,843. The Nasdaq Composite declined 29 points, or 0.4%, to 7,811. Source: Marketwatch

ECONOMY
German flash manufacturing PMI hits 6-year lows of 44.7 in March, EUR drops sharply
Friday, 22 March 2019 16:26 WIB

German manufacturing activity grew at the weakest pace in six years in the month of March, the latest manufacturing activity report from IHS/Markit research showed this Friday. The German manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) slipped deeper into contraction territory and arrived at 44.7 versus 48.0 expected and 47.6 previous. Meanwhile, services PMI dropped to a two-month low level of...

COMMODITY
Gold Modestly Higher as Worries Over Global Growth Continue
Friday, 22 March 2019 19:30 WIB

Gold continued to push higher Friday, overcoming a stronger U.S. dollar as investors reacted to global growth fears that were underlined by a round of downbeat economic data, as well as the Federal Reserve™s dovish tone earlier this week. Gold for April delivery on Comex rose $5.10, or 0.4%, to $1,312.40 an ounce, while May silver  was up 4.8 cents, or 0.3%, to $15.485 an ounce. In...

GLOBAL
US Meteorologists Retire Hurricane Names Florence, Michael
Friday, 22 March 2019 18:05 WIB

Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused widespread death and destruction in the United States last year, have earned the dubious distinction of having their names retired. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that the two names will be replaced with Francine and Milton, starting with the 2024 hurricane season. The United Nations' World...

FISCAL & MONETARY
Bank of England leaves policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with unanimous vote as expected
Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:14 WIB

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% with a unanimous vote. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. Below are some key takeaways from the monetary policy statement. Since the Committee™s previous meeting, the news in economic data has been mixed, but the MPC's...

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