Gold Rises Above Key $1,500 Level

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Gold prices rose on Tuesday after declining more than 1 percent the previous day on improved risk appetite amid talk of more stimulus from central banks and signs of a possible thaw in the ongoing trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Spot gold rose around half a percent to $1,503.74 per ounce, after falling over 1 percent to slip below the key level of $1,500 on Monday, its biggest single-day loss since July 19. U.S. gold futures were up 0.2 percent at $1,514.15 an ounce.

The dollar held firm, boosted by slightly higher Treasury yields, as stimulus efforts in China and Germany coupled with a decision by the Trump administration to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers helped calm fears of a brewing global recession.

The focus now shifts to the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last meeting due out on Wednesday as well as Fed Chair Jerome Powell's speech at the Jackson Hole symposium on Friday as investors look for clues to what the U.S. central bank may do next.

The Group of Seven (G7) leaders' summit will be held this weekend in France and it remains to be seen whether there will be a joint communique amid wide gaps between member nations on trade and climate issues.


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UK Manufacturing Orders Drop At Slower Pace: CBI

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UK manufacturing orders decreased at a slower pace in August, the Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Tuesday.

The order book balance rose to -13 percent in August from -34 percent in July. Likewise, the export order book balance improved to -15 percent from -32 percent.

Manufacturers expect to keep output prices in the next three months broadly unchanged - the lowest balance since February 2016.

Anna Leach, CBI deputy chief economist, said, "Despite signs of stabilisation in the data this month, UK manufactures remain on the receiving end of a double whammy: the slowdown in the global economy and Brexit uncertainty."

"Trade tensions between nations such as China and the US only exacerbate the demand uncertainty facing UK manufacturers."


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*Portugal Jul Producer Prices Flat On Month

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Portugal Jul Producer Prices Flat On Month


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*Portugal Jul Producer Prices -0.4% On Year Vs. -0.2% In June

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Portugal Jul Producer Prices -0.4% On Year Vs. -0.2% In June


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*UK Aug Order Book Balance Rises To -13%, Consensus -25%

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UK Aug Order Book Balance Rises To -13%, Consensus -25%


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Oil Prices Hold Steady After Rally

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Oil prices held steady on Tuesday after sharp gains in the previous session following a weekend attack on a Saudi oil facility by Yemeni separatists.

Benchmark Brent crude traded flat at $59.74 a barrel, after climbing around 1.9 percent on Monday. U.S. crude futures were marginally higher at $56.16 a barrel, after rallying 2.4 percent the previous day.

Oil prices remain supported by talk of more stimulus from central banks and signs of a possible thaw in the ongoing trade war between the world's two largest economies.

The Trump administration once again delayed restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei for another 90 days, helping raise hopes for a de-escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute.

China's central bank has changed the way commercial lenders set interest rates for loans - a move expected to ensure lower lending rates at a time when investors remain concerned that U.S. President Trump's trade war with China is undermining global economic growth.

Germany's right-left coalition government is getting ready to act to shore up Europe's largest economy to counter a possible recession.

Finnish central bank governor Olli Rehn said on Monday that the European Central Bank (ECB) is determined to act if the medium-term inflation outlook continues to fall short of the ECB's aim.

Inventory data from the American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, will be released later today while the EIA crude oil inventory report is due to be released on Wednesday.


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*Pound Edges Down To 0.9167 Against Euro

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Pound Edges Down To 0.9167 Against Euro


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*Pound Drops To 4-day Low Of 1.1833 Against Franc

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Pound Drops To 4-day Low Of 1.1833 Against Franc


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*Pound Weakens To 4-day Low Of 1.2083 Against Dollar

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Pound Weakens To 4-day Low Of 1.2083 Against Dollar


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Eurozone Construction Output Remains Flat In June

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Eurozone construction output remained unchanged in June after easing for three straight months, Eurostat reported Tuesday. Production was flat after decreasing 0.5 percent in May and 1.5 percent in April. Building output gained 0.3 percent, while civil engineering fell 0.5 percent.

On a yearly basis, construction output growth eased to 1 percent in June from 1.7 percent in May. This was the weakest expansion in five months.

In the EU28, production in construction fell 0.3 percent in June from May and increased 0.6 percent annually.


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