Gold traded above a one-month low after three weeks of losses as investors weighed the health of the U.S. economy against the outlook for higher borrowing costs. Silver climbed from the lowest level in six weeks.
Gold for immediate delivery was at $1,292.90 an ounce at 11:31 a.m. in Singapore from $1,293.75 on Aug. 1, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. That day the metal fell to $1,279.30 an ounce, the lowest since June 19, before rebounding to pare the third week of losses that was the longest since September.
U.S. data Aug. 1 showed that while employers added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth month, the jobless rate rose, damping bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon after ending monthly bond purchases later this year. That buoyed bullion as the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index snapped a six-day win streak. Gold also rose on Aug. 1 as global equities fell after Banco Espirito Santo SA, which was taken over by Portugal’s central bank yesterday, was ordered to raise capital and Argentina defaulted.