MARKET UPDATE
Hong Kong Stocks Soar on Trade Deal Reports (Review)
Saturday, 14 December 2019 04:24 WIB

Hong Kong stocks jumped more than two percent Friday after reports said China and the US had finally reached a partial trade agreement that will see Washington cancel tariffs due to be imposed at the weekend. The Hang Seng index soared 2.57 percent, or 693.62 points, to 27,687.76. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 1.78 percent, or 51.98 points, to 2,967.68 and the Shenzhen Composite...

ECONOMY
U.S. Retail Sales Miss Forecasts for Pickup as Restaurants Drop
Friday, 13 December 2019 20:52 WIB

U.S. retail sales missed forecasts calling for an acceleration in November as clothing stores and restaurants posted declines, signaling the economy™s main engine may cool in the fourth quarter by more than previously thought. The value of overall sales climbed 0.2% after an upwardly revised 0.4% increase the prior month, Commerce Department figures showed Friday. The median estimate in a...

COMMODITY
U.S. oil futures settle above $60 for first time since mid-September
Saturday, 14 December 2019 02:47 WIB

Oil futures settled higher on Friday, with U.S. prices above $60 a barrel for the first time since mid-September. Traders digested news of a preliminary phase one U.S.-China trade deal that helped ease worries about the outlook for energy demand. The question of whether U.S. benchmark crude-oil futures can "break above multi-month resistance in the low $60s will depend on U.S.-China trade...

GLOBAL
US Peace Envoy in Pakistan After Suspending Talks With Afghan Taliban
Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:03 WIB

America's chief negotiator for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Pakistan on Friday, a day after he briefly suspended peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar in retaliation to this week's attack by the insurgent group on the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Khalilzad met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad and briefed him on the...

FISCAL & MONETARY
Lagarde's ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged as Strategy Review Looms
Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:05 WIB

The European Central Bank kept monetary stimulus unchanged at President Christine Lagarde™s first policy meeting, shifting the focus to when she™ll announce her review of the institution™s strategy for safeguarding theeuro-zone economy. The ECB kept its deposit rate at a record-low minus 0.5%, and bond purchases at 20 billion euros ($22 billion) a...

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