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South Korea Inflation Rate Slows To 1.0% In March

Consumer prices in South Korea were up just 1.0 percent on year in March, Statistics Korea said on Thursday. That was in line with expectations and down from 1.1 percent in February. On a monthly basis, inflation gained 0.2 percent – again matching forecasts and up from the flat reading in the previous month. Core consumer prices, which exclude the volatile costs of fresh food items, gained just 0.4 percent on year. That was shy of expectations for 0.5 percent, which would have been unchanged from the February reading. On a monthly basis, core CPI fell 0.2 percent – missing expectations for a flat reading following the 0.1 percent gain a month earlier. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

*South Korea Overall Inflation +0.2% On Month, +1.0% On Year In March

South Korea Overall Inflation +0.2% On Month, +1.0% On Year In March The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

South Korea Inflation Data Due On Thursday

South Korea will on Thursday release March numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In February, overall inflation was flat on month and up 1.1 percent on year, while core CPI added 0.1 percent on month and gained 0.5 percent on year. Japan will provide March figures for monetary base; in February, the monetary base climbed 3.6 percent on year. Australia will see February figures for job vacancies; in January, vacancies were up 1.6 percent on month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Dollar Gains Against Peers

The U.S. dollar stayed firm against most of its peers on Wednesday amid fears of an imminent deep recession due to the impact of the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic. A report from payroll processor ADP said private sector employment fell by 27,000 jobs in March in the U.S. after jumping by a downwardly revised 179,000 jobs in February. The dollar index rose to 99.84 this afternoon, but gave up much of its gains subsequently and was last seen at 99.41, up 0.35% from Tuesday’s close. Economists had expected private sector employment to plunge by 150,000 jobs compared to the addition of 183,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. The drop was much smaller than expected but still reflects the first decrease in private sector employment since September of 2017. The Institute for Supply Management’s report showed a contraction in U.S. manufacturing activity in the month of March. The ISM said its purchasing managers index dipped to 49.1 in March after edging down to 50.1 in February. While a reading below 50 indicates a contraction in manufacturing activity, economists had expected the index to show a steeper drop to 45.0. Against the euro, the dollar strengthened to $1.0964 from $1.1041,…

Treasuries Move Back To The Upside Amid Renewed Coronavirus Concerns

Following the pullback seen in the previous session, treasuries moved back to the upside during the trading day on Wednesday. Bond prices pulled back off their best levels in afternoon trading but remained firmly positive. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, fell by 6.3 basis points to 0.635 percent. The rebound by treasuries came as traders looked for safe havens came amid renewed coronavirus concerns after White House officials warned of nearly a quarter million deaths from the pandemic. During a White House press conference on Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned the U.S. is facing a “very, very painful two weeks.” White House officials are now projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the U.S. as a result of the outbreak, which Trump previously sought to downplay. “This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is going to be a very bad two, and maybe three weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we’ve never seen before,” Trump said. The comments from the White House come as data from Johns Hopkins University shows there are more than 190,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and…

Gold Pares Early Gains, Settles Lower For 4th Straight Session

Gold prices drifted lower on Wednesday, extending losses to a fourth straight session, although the downside was not much pronounced as rising coronavirus cases continued to raise concerns about growth. A stronger dollar weighed on the yellow metal. The dollar index rose to 99.80, gaining about 0.75%. It was not an entirely weak spell for the yellow metal today, as safe-haven demand pushed up prices early on in the session. Gold futures for June ended down $5.20, or about 0.3%, at $1,591.40 an ounce, after hitting a high of $1,612.40 an ounce in the Asian session. The contract, which dropped to a low of $1,576.00 around mid-morning, recovered and moved past $1,600 again before giving up gains. Silver futures for May ended down $0.172 at $13.984 an ounce, while Copper futures for May settled at $2.1745, per pound, down $0.0535 from previous close. A report from payroll processor ADP said private sector employment fell by 27,000 jobs in March in the U.S. after jumping by a downwardly revised 179,000 jobs in February. Economists had expected private sector employment to plunge by 150,000 jobs compared to the addition of 183,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. The drop was…

U.S. Construction Spending Unexpectedly Slumps 1.3% In February

A report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday showed an unexpected decrease in U.S. construction spending in the month of February. The Commerce Department said construction spending slumped by 1.3 percent to an annual rate of $1.367 trillion in February after spiking by 2.8 percent to an upwardly revised rate of $1.385 trillion in January. The pullback came as a surprise to economists, who had expected construction spending to climb by 0.6 percent following the 1.8 percent jump originally reported for the previous month. The unexpected drop in construction spending reflected notable decreases in spending on both private and public construction. Spending on private construction tumbled by 1.2 percent to an annual rate of $1.026 trillion, as spending on residential construction slid by 0.6 percent and spending on non-residential construction plummeted by 2.0 percent. The report said spending on public construction also plunged by 1.5 percent to an annual rate of $340.9 billion, with spending on educational and highway construction both showing significant drops. Despite the monthly decrease, the Commerce Department said total construction spending in February was up by 6.0 percent compared to the same month a year ago. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company -…

*U.S. Crude Oil Inventories Spike By 13.8 Million Barrels In Week Ended 3/27

U.S. Crude Oil Inventories Spike By 13.8 Million Barrels In Week Ended 3/27 The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

U.S. Manufacturing Activity Shows Modest Contraction In March

With the coronavirus outbreak weighing on demand, the Institute for Supply Management released a report on Wednesday showing a contraction in U.S. manufacturing activity in the month of March. The ISM said its purchasing managers index dipped to 49.1 in March after edging down to 50.1 in February. While a reading below 50 indicates a contraction in manufacturing activity, economists had expected the index to show a steeper drop to 45.0. The modest decrease by the headline came as the new orders index tumbled to 42.2 in March from 49.8 in February, hitting its lowest level since March of 2009. The production index also fell to 47.7 in March from 50.3 in February, while the employment index slid to 43.8 from 46.9 in the previous month. The report also said the prices index plunged to 37.4 in March from 45.9 in February, indicating the fastest decrease in prices since January of 2016. “Comments from the panel were negative regarding the near-term outlook, with sentiment clearly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and energy market volatility,” said Timothy Fiore, Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. On Friday, the ISM is scheduled to release a separate report on activity in…