Gold rose on Wednesday as some investors sought refuge in the metal after UK lawmakers pushed the pause button on Brexit, while expectations of further monetary easing by central banks lent further support.
The dollar and British pound were steady on Wednesday as European Union leaders consider Britain's request for a Brexit delay, and are expected to grant a three-month extension to the Oct. 31 deadline for its departure.
Oil moved higher on Wednesday as U.S. crude inventories decreased by 1.7 million barrels in the week ending October 18, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The dollar rose on Tuesday against the pound and euro as uncertainty spread ahead of the British parliament's vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill which will shine light on when and how Britain will exit the EU.
Gold steadied in a tight range on Tuesday as investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of a crucial Brexit vote, while focus shifted to the U.S. Federal Reserve's stance on interest rate cuts.
Oil prices were higher following a report that OPEC and its allies would consider deeper production cuts when they meet in December.
The dollar was crawling toward its worst month since January 2018 on Monday as intermittent waves of Brexit optimism pushed the pound to a 5-1/2 month high and kept the euro's bumper October intact.
Gold eased on Monday on improved appetite for riskier assets, while investors awaited further clarity from the U.S. Federal Reserve on possible interest rate cuts this year.
Oil prices fell nearly 1% on Monday after comments from a U.S. official stymied hopes that a U.S.-China trade deal would be reached soon, feeding worries that a slowing global economy would reduce demand for oil.
The dollar crept lower against the euro on Friday as the common currency enjoyed a lift from hopes that a Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union could improve the odds of the euro zone avoiding a recession for now.
Oil prices edged lower on Friday, as concerns about China's economy outweighed bullish signals from its refining sector, but losses were limited on hopes for progress toward a U.S.-China trade agreement.
"Both parties lose from the trade war, but the numbers suggest that the damage to the U.S. side is greater, in percentage terms," says the PAG chairman.
The Treasury secretary expresses optimism that the U.S. and China have a workable first-phase agreement.
U.S. stock futures turn lower after word that China wants more talks before signing the "phase one" trade deal.
The Chinese rules would mandate the drafting of a list of U.S. military and CIA-linked institutions and rights groups, and the addition of their employees to a visa blacklist, according to sources, who declined to be identified.
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