Gold Recovers Slightly As USD Falters

Gold is poised to climb for a second straight day after a private report showed U.S. companies added fewer jobs than forecast in May, boosting demand for the precious metal as a haven investment.

The 179,000 increase in employment was the smallest in four months and followed a 215,000 gain in April that was less than initially estimated, according to the ADP Research Institute. Gold gained 3.5 percent this year through yesterday amid concern that U.S. economic growth was stalling.

Prices slumped 28 percent in 2013 on concern that the Federal Reserve would trim stimulus as the labor market improved. Through June 2, the metal fell for six straight sessions, the longest slump since August, as U.S. equities rose to a record.

“The market is reacting to the ADP number,” James Cordier, the founder of Optionsellers.com in Tampa, Florida, said in a telephone interview. “The overall sentiment, however, remains very bearish.”

Gold futures for August delivery added 0.3 percent to $1,247.80 an ounce at 9:23 a.m. on the Comex in New York, after touching $1,240.20 yesterday, the lowest since Jan. 31, before rebounding. Trading today was 48 percent below the average for the past 100 days for this time of day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Bullion climbed 70 percent from December 2008 to June 2011 as the Fed bought debt and held borrowing costs near zero percent. The central bank reduced its monthly asset buying to $45 billion in April, the fourth straight $10 billion cut.

Silver futures for July delivery rose 0.5 percent to $18.865 an ounce in New York. Prices touched $18.615 on May 30, the lowest since June 28, 2013.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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