MARKET UPDATE
Asia Pacific stocks jump as investors shrug off rising coronavirus cases
Monday, 13 July 2020 07:51 WIB

Stocks in Asia traded higher on Monday morning as investors shrug off concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases stateside. The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 1.34% in early trade as shares of conglomerate Softbank Group and robot maker Fanuc jumped more than 2% each. The Topix index also advanced 1.44%. South Korea™s Kospi gained 0.6%. Meanwhile, Australia™s S&P/ASX 200 added...

ECONOMY
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fell Last Week by More Than Forecast
Thursday, 9 July 2020 19:43 WIB

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined last week by more than projected, easing concerns of a renewed downturn in the labor market after several large states reported a pickup in coronavirus cases. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 99,000 to 1.31 million in the week ended July 4, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median forecast in...

COMMODITY
Oil climbs, but U.S. benchmark ends lower for the week as IEA warns of coronavirus risk
Saturday, 11 July 2020 02:40 WIB

Oil futures climbed on Friday, buoyed by positive results tied to a COVID-19 treatment, but U.S. prices ended lower for the week as a report from the International Energy Agency cautioned that weaker demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic will linger, even if the worst of the hit to economies has subsided. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose 93 cents, or about 2.4%, to settle at $40.55...

GLOBAL
Seoul Mayor Found Dead Friday; Suicide Suspected
Friday, 10 July 2020 23:43 WIB

South Korean police say Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead early Friday, a suspected suicide. The body of 64-year-old Park was found near an entrance at the mountain Bugaksan in Seoul after just midnight, several hours after he had been reported missing Thursday. The day before, Park's former secretary filed a sexual harassment claim. The Seoul Metropolitan...

FISCAL & MONETARY
RBA Highlights Recovery Uncertainties as Second Wave Threatens
Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:06 WIB

Australia™s central bank chief highlighted worries among households and businesses about the health and economic outlook, as the nation™s successful run of Covid-19 containment was rocked by a new outbreak, damping the economy™s otherwise improving prospects. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe kept the cash rate and three-year yield target...

GOLD CORNER
Gold price bull rally: the drive is alive
Monday, 6 July 2020 13:40 WIB

Gold achieved an important milestone this past week as priced pushed above $1,800 an ounce for the first time since 2011 and with strong fundamentals and what appears to be an unstoppable uptrend, retail investors and Wall Street analysts are significantly bullish on gold. Of the 17 Wall Street professionals who took part in last week poll, 12, or 70%, called for gold prices...

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