Gold Recovers Slightly After ADP Miss

Gold prices are steady to slightly lower in early U.S. trading Wednesday. Prices moved off the overnight lows when the U.S. ADP jobs report came in a bit lighter than expected. Still, buying interest in gold and silver is limited by the resurgent U.S. dollar index this week. December Comex gold was last down $0.20 at $1,090.40 an ounce. September Comex silver was last up $0.003 at $14.56 an ounce.

The July ADP jobs report showed a rise of 185,000, which was a slight miss to the downside of market expectations. The ADP report is a precursor to Friday’s more important U.S. jobs report for July from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls number in Friday’s report is expected to be up 215,000. Friday’s jobs report and the one in September will be extra important to the market place, as the Fed weighs whether to raise interest rates at its September FOMC meeting.

A feature in the market place this week is the resurgent U.S. dollar index, which hit a 3.5-month high overnight. The greenback got an added boost Tuesday when reports said Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, told the Wall Street Journal the Fed is ready to raise U.S. interest rates in September. The Fed official’s comments also helped to pressure the gold market and U.S. Treasuries.

via Kitco

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 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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