MARKET UPDATE
Dow jumps 300 points, Target and Lowe's surge on strong earnings
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 23:26 WIB

Stocks rose on Wednesday as strong quarterly results from retailers such as Target and Lowe's lifted investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 300 points higher, or 1.2%. The S&P 500 gained 0.9% while the Nasdaq Composite jumped 1.1%. Target shares surged more than 16% to a record after the retailer posted second-quarter results that topped analyst expectations. The...

ECONOMY
Empire State, Philly Fed indexes hold steady in August
Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:03 WIB

Two gauges of manufacturing sentiment held their own in August, according to data released Thursday. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell slightly to a reading of 16.8 in August from 21.8 in July. Economists had expected a much bigger drop to 11.1, according to Econoday. The Empire State Index, meanwhile inched up at a reading of 4.8 in August from 4.3 in July, the New York Fed said....

COMMODITY
Oil prices climb as U.S. inventory report shows supply drop
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 19:21 WIB

Oil futures headed higher Wednesday, with prices advancing after a report on U.S. inventories showed a sizable reduction in supplies. West Texas Intermediate crude for October WTI contract gained 75 cents, or 1.3%, to $56.86 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while the October contract for global benchmark Brent crude rose $1.01, or 1.7%, to $61.04 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe,...

GLOBAL
Pentagon: State Dept Approves Possible $8B Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 17:46 WIB

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress. The potential deal is for 66 aircraft, 75 General Electric Co engines, as well as other systems, the agency said in a statement, adding it served the interests of the United States...

FISCAL & MONETARY
Australia Central Bank Board Discussed Unconventional Policy at August Meeting
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:04 WIB

Australia's central bank discussed unconventional monetary policies, including negative interest rates, at its August board meeting as it left the door ajar for further easing having already cut rates twice to 1%. Minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) Aug.6 meeting showed it would consider further cuts to interest rates if it was needed to support growth and...

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