Gold climbed to the highest level in a month on speculation that the Federal Reserve will slow the pace of cuts to stimulus after U.S. payrolls increased less than analysts forecast. Silver, platinum and palladium rose.
Bullion for immediate delivery advanced as much as 0.6 percent to $1,255.45 an ounce, the highest price since Dec. 12, before trading at $1,251.75 by 10:36 a.m. in Singapore. Prices rose 0.9 percent last week. Gold for February delivery increased as much as 0.7 percent to $1,255.30 an ounce on the Comex in New York, also the highest since Dec. 12.
Spot gold climbed for a third week, the longest such rally since August, as U.S. employers added 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest since January 2011 and less than the most pessimistic projection in a Bloomberg survey. The Fed said Dec. 18 it will reduce its monthly bond purchases to $75 billion from $85 billion, citing improvements in the labor market.