MARKET UPDATE
Tokyo Stocks Close Higher on Bargain Hunting
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:31 WIB

Tokyo stocks closed higher Wednesday on bargain hunting following recent declines as investors adjusted their positions amid lingering fears over the impact of the new coronavirus on the economy. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.89 percent, or 206.90 points, to 23,400.70 after four days of declines, while the broader Topix index was up 0.37 percent, or 6.15 points, at 1,671.86. Source : AFP

ECONOMY
German Investor Confidence Plunges Amid Coronavirus Risks
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:26 WIB

Investors have been plunged back into a gloomy mood over the German economy on concern the coronavirus outbreak in China will disrupt global trade. ZEW's index of expectations for the next six months decreased to 8.7 in February, below even the most pessimistic estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The poll suggests confidence is fading that Europe's largest economy can stem a manufacturing recession...

COMMODITY
Gold Holds Above $1,600 on Fears Over Economic Impact of Virus
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:17 WIB

Gold prices held steady above the key $1,600 mark on Wednesday as an uptick in equities due to a drop in new virus cases was kept in check by fears about the economic fallout of the epidemic. Autocatalyst metal palladium, meanwhile, scaled yet another record peak on a sustained supply shortfall. Spot gold was little changed at $1,601.77 per ounce by 0244 GMT. In the previous session, bullion...

GLOBAL
Australia Prepares To Rescue Citizens From Virus-Hit Cruise Ship
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:21 WIB

Australia is preparing to evacuate more than 200 of its citizens from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, in Yokohama, Japan. The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since February 3. Onboard the cruise liner have been about 3,700 passengers and crew, including dozens of Australian tourists. The ship has more than 450 confirmed cases of the COVID-19...

FISCAL & MONETARY
RBA Reviewed Case for Further Rate Cut, Worried About Borrowing
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 08:02 WIB

Australia™s central bank reviewed the case for a further interest-rate cut, but decided against it in order to avoid encouraging additional borrowing as house prices climb, minutes of its Feb. 4 meeting in Sydney showed. The Reserve Bank also expects the coronavirus outbreak to œsubtract from growth in exports over the first half of 2020, the...

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