Gold Falls to Three Week Low After US NFP

Gold futures dropped to a three-week low the U.S. economy added more jobs in January than forecast, boosting speculation the Federal Reserve will move toward the first interest-rate increase since 2006.

The increase in payrolls capped the biggest three-month gain in 17 years, and workers’ earnings jumped, a government report showed Friday. The dollar headed for the biggest increase in two weeks against a basket of 10 currencies, eroding the appeal of gold as a store of value.

The metal has declined 4.9 percent from a five-month high in January as the U.S. economy gained traction. Global equities rallied this week, damping gold’s allure as an alternative investment.

“Strong jobs numbers and strong wage growth mean the economy is doing well, and that’s not so good for gold,” Chris Gaffney, the senior market strategist at EverBank Wealth Management in St. Louis, said in a telephone interview. “This data is telling us that Fed will be on track to raise rates in June.”

Gold futures for April delivery fell 1.5 percent to $1,243.30 an ounce at 9:33 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Earlier, the price touched $1,237.30, the lowest for a most-active contract since Jan. 15.

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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