Gold Below $1294 as U.S. Economy Improves

Gold retreated for a fourth day to head for a monthly decline as further signs that the U.S. recovery is gaining momentum strengthened the case for higher borrowing costs in the world’s largest economy.

Gold for immediate delivery fell as much as 0.2 percent to $1,294.24 an ounce, and was at $1,294.97 at 11:28 a.m. in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. A fourth day of losses would be the longest streak since June. Bullion dropped 2.4 percent in July, while the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the biggest monthly rise since May 2013, as data including gross domestic product beat estimates.

Gold sank 28 percent last year on expectations that the Federal Reserve would trim monthly bond buying, which it did for a sixth time yesterday. Policy makers also said in their July 30 statement that slack in the labor market persisted even as the economy was picking up, repeating that they will keep interest rates low for a considerable time after ending asset purchases. Data tomorrow may show U.S. employers added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth month.

Bloomberg

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