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Central Banks Haven’t Bought This Much Gold in 48 years

Gold Prices
From Frank Holmes: Something big is happening in the gold market right now, and nowhere is that more apparent than in central banks of emerging economies. Last year was a watershed in the size of official gold purchases, as banks added an incredible 651.5 tonnes (worth some $27.7 billion) to their holdings, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). Not only is this a remarkable 74 percent change from 2017, but it's also the most on record going back to 1971, when President Richard Nixon brought a formal end to the gold standard. In the final quarter of 2018 alone, central banks purchased as much as 195 tonnes, the most for any quarter on record, according to leading precious metal research firm GFMS.
NYSE:GLD February 5, 2019 4:25pm

Has The Dow Jones Industrial Average Rallied Too Far, Too Fast?

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From Tyler Durden: We now know where the buyers were willing to start buying again.
INDEXDJX:.DJI February 5, 2019 4:22pm

Will global growth slowdown in 2019?

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From Elga Bartsch, PhD: We see a synchronized global slowdown ahead in 2019, as the U.S. economy becomes a drag rather than a driver. The U.S. slowdown reflects, in part, an economy that is transitioning into a late phase of the business cycle, the final phase before a downturn.
NASDAQ:ACWI February 5, 2019 4:17pm

3 reasons we are seeing a turnaround in Chinese equities

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From Christopher Dhanraj:

3 reasons to consider Chinese stocks

NYSE:FXI February 5, 2019 4:13pm

Analyzing Silver Mining Stocks in 2019

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From Zacks Equity Research: The Zacks Mining - Silver industry primarily comprises companies that are engaged in silver mining. These companies include big and small players that extract silver from mines of widely varying types and scale. The mining, processing, development and mineral exploration activities are subject to several laws governing prospecting, development, production, taxes, labor standards and environmental regulation in various jurisdictions in which these companies operate.
NYSE:MJ February 5, 2019 4:09pm

Marijuana stocks move lower after Cronos is downgraded

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From Ciara Linnane: Cannabis stocks were mostly lower on Tuesday, as investors digested a downgrade of Canada's Cronos Group Inc. after its strong gains in the year so far.
ETF BASIC NEWS February 5, 2019 4:02pm

5 vital themes that will shape global Natural Gas markets in 2019

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From Rystad Energy: A new report from Rystad Energy identifies five vital themes that will shape global gas markets in 2019.
NYSE:USO February 5, 2019 1:09pm

Oil holds near multi-month high on concerns about the political crisis in Venezuela

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From Myra P. Saefong & Rachel Koning Beals: Oil futures inched lower Tuesday, but held ground near multimonth highs as investors weighed concerns about global energy demand against the price-supportive news from the political crisis in Venezuela.
NYSE:USO February 5, 2019 1:05pm

Gold prices slide as investors look to the dollar and Treasury yields

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From Myra P. Saefong & William Watts: Gold futures struggled for direction on Tuesday after posting losses in the past two trading sessions, with investors looking to the dollar and Treasury yields for directional cues.
NYSE:GLD February 5, 2019 12:59pm

Retail sales will grow as much as 4.4% in 2019, exceeding $3.8 trillion: NRF

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From Tonya Garcia: The National Retail Federation announced its 2019 retail sales forecast, expecting the total to exceed $3.8 trillion with growth of 3.8% to 4.4%. "More people are working, they're making more money, their taxes are lower and their confidence remains high," said Matthew Shay, the group's chief executive, in a statement. "The biggest priority is to ensure that our economy continues to grow and to avoid self-inflicted wounds. It's time for artificial problems like trade wars and shutdowns to end, and to focus on prosperity not politics." The NRF said retailers so far have been able to blunt the impact of higher tariffs, but that could change if tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods go up to 25% from 10%. Preliminary numbers show that retail sales grew 4.6% in 2018, reaching $3.68 trillion. Online sales were up 10.4% to $682.8 billion, and are expected to grow 10% to 12% in 2019 as well. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF XRT, +0.34% has gained 1.7% over the last 12 months. The Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY, +1.07% has gained 11.3% in the past year. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.19% is up 3.2% for the period.
NYSE:XRT February 5, 2019 12:56pm

Gold Mining stocks are a hot topic, after years stuck in the doldrums

From Thomas Biesheuvel:

(Bloomberg) -- After years on the sidelines, gold producers are suddenly the mining world's hottest topic as the industry gathers in Cape Town this week.

NYSE:GDX February 4, 2019 3:49pm

Are Chinese stock poised to rally in 2019?

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From Nisha Gopalan:

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Prepare for a repeat of China's 2015 boom, bust and whimper?

NYSE:FXI February 4, 2019 3:44pm

Mortgage rates rose for the first time in 3 months

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From Bob Mason:

Mortgage rates rose for the first time in 12-weeks in the week ending 31st January. 30-year fixed rates increased by 1 percentage point to 4.46%, according to figures released by Freddie Mac.

NASDAQ:MBB February 4, 2019 3:42pm

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