Gold futures rise as data show a slowdown in U.S. job gains

0 0

Gold futures rose on Friday, with prices likely to end the week higher, as monthly U.S. employment data reveal a slowdown in job gains, easing expectations of further interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Price action

  • Gold for December delivery

    rose $2.80, or 0.2%, to $1,968.70 an ounce on Comex. For the week, prices are trading roughly 1.5% higher after posting an August loss of more t han 2%.

  • December silver
    was up 3.3 cents, or 0.1%, at $24.845 an ounce, trading over 1% higher for the week.

  • December copper
    traded at $3.882 a pound, up 1.6% for the session and eyeing a weekly gain of around 2.6%.

  • October platinum
    added 0.5% to $979 an ounce and December palladium
    edged up by 0.6% to $1,224.50 an ounce.

Market drivers

Much-anticipated data from the Labor Department revealed that the U.S. economy added 187,000 jobs in August. That came in above economist expectations for a gain of 170,000, but still showed a slowdown in the pace of job gains. The unemployment rate climbed to 3.8% from 3.5% in July.

The jobs report should “add to Fed-pause-pivot expectations, pulling Treasury rates and the U.S. dollar lower, both factors which could push gold prices higher over time,” Jeff Klearman, portfolio manager at GraniteShares, which runs the GraniteShares Gold Trust
told MarketWatch.

Still, the “slightly higher-than-expected wage growth may act to somewhat offset the impetus provided by the lower-than-expected headline jobs created number,” he said.

The increase in pay over the past year fell a tick to 4.3%. Fed officials want to see wage growth slow to pre-pandemic levels of 3% or less.

The U.S. dollar weakened in Friday dealings, with the ICE U.S. Dollar index
down 0.2% at 103.45 but Treasury yields were mixed, with 10-year Treasury yield
moved up to 4.15% from 4.09% on Thursday afternoon.

Gold prices look likely to finish higher for the week, with that strength “mainly the result of slightly weaker-than-expected economic data released over the last couple of weeks,” said Klearman.

“Tuesday’s weaker-than-expected consumer confidence release and the JOLTS report, combined with Wednesday’s revised-lower GDP release, helped increase expectations of a Fed pause through the end of year, pushing 10-year Treasury rates and the U.S. dollar off their recent highs and, as a result, buoying gold prices,” he said.” More of the same occurred with an as-expected PCE Price Index release Thursday showing inflation — measured month over month — is near Fed-targeted levels.”

Read the full article here

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy