MARKET UPDATE
Hong Kong Stocks Close Lower on Virus Worries (Review)
Saturday, 22 February 2020 04:19 WIB

Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday as the rising toll from the deadly coronavirus outside China fanned fears the epidemic's impact on earnings and economic growth could be worse than anticipated. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.1 percent, or 300.35 points, to 27,308.81. Mainland China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.3 percent, or 9.52 points, to 3,039.67. The Shenzhen...

ECONOMY
U.S. Business Gauge Posts First Contraction Since 2013 on Virus
Friday, 21 February 2020 21:54 WIB

U.S. business activity shrank in February for the first time since 2013 as the coronavirus hit supply chains and made firms hesitant to place orders, a warning sign that the outbreak is starting to dent the world™s largest economy. The IHS Markit purchasing managers™ index measuring composite output at factories and service providers fell by 3.7 points to 49.6, the...

COMMODITY
Oil futures finish lower for the session, but gain for the week
Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:55 WIB

Oil futures fell on Friday, pressured by the possibility of a breakdown in the oil alliance between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as the market continues to worry that the spread of COVID-19 will slow energy demand. Saudi Arabia is weighing a break in its alliance with Russia and holding talks with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a cut of as much as 300,000 barrels a day, The Wall...

GLOBAL
Pompeo Meets with New Oman Leader
Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:10 WIB

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Oman Friday for a meeting with the country's new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. Pompeo will also pay homage to relatives of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died in January. Oman has close ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia, where Pompeo departed from earlier Friday after a three-day visit. Pompeo and Saudi King Salman...

FISCAL & MONETARY
Fed officials more upbeat about the economic outlook this year, minutes show
Thursday, 20 February 2020 02:35 WIB

Federal Reserve officials and the central bank™s staff said the U.S. economy seemed stronger in late January than they had expected, according to minutes of their late-January meeting released Wednesday. The risks to the outlook were more favorable than had appeared at their meeting in mid-December. There were concerns expressed during their discussions about the threat...

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