Dollar strengthened as market focus on U.S. jobs data

Dollar strengthened as market focus on U.S. jobs data

On Thursday, gold prices fell slightly as the dollar held near a three-month high, with investors awaiting the release of a key U.S. jobs report later this week.

Fundamentals

Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,769.11 per ounce by 0117 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,768.10 per ounce.

The dollar remained firm near a three-month high set in the previous session. A stronger dollar makes metals priced in dollars more expensive for holders of other currencies.

In June, private payrolls in the United States surged more than predicted, as businesses scrambled to ramp up output and services in the wake of the economy’s strong recovery.

A Fed rate hike would increase the opportunity cost of owning gold, making it less attractive.

Investors are now awaiting Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls report.

Silver rose 0.1% to $26.14 per ounce, palladium fell 0.5% to $2,764.68 per ounce and platinum fell 0.6% to $1,065.74.

Damon Harrison
Market Analyst, IPG Group