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Gold set for weekly gain; traders poised for U.S. jobs data

Updated: 02 Dec 2022, 04:27 PM IST
TL;DR.
  • Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,799.44 per ounce by 1005 GMT, after earlier hitting its highest since Aug. 10 at $1,804.46. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,813.20.
Gold prices have risen 2.5% so far this week, as the rival safe-haven dollar headed for a weekly loss of about 1%.

Gold prices have risen 2.5% so far this week, as the rival safe-haven dollar headed for a weekly loss of about 1%.

(Reuters) - Gold eased into a tight range on Friday as cautious investors positioned for U.S. jobs data, but was still bound for its second straight weekly gain on expectations of a moderation in the pace of U.S. rate hikes.

Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,799.44 per ounce by 1005 GMT, after earlier hitting its highest since Aug. 10 at $1,804.46. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,813.20.

The U.S. Labor Department's non-farm payrolls (NFP) data is due at 1330 GMT.

"A number disappointing to the downside, which could further reduce the scope and scale of the Fed's tightening drive, would likely create more dollar weakness and therefore support gold prices," said Ricardo Evangelista, senior analyst at ActivTrades.

However, a surprisingly high number of new jobs created in November, which would embolden the hawks in the Fed, and create upside for the dollar, would pressure gold, Evangelista added.

Gold prices have risen 2.5% so far this week, as the rival safe-haven dollar headed for a weekly loss of about 1%. A softer greenback makes dollar-priced gold cheaper for overseas buyers.

Bullion also got a fillip from Fed Chair Jerome Powell's comments earlier this week that it was time to slow rate hikes.

Rising rates have kept a hold on gold's traditional status as an inflation hedge this year, as they translate into higher opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding metal.

"The fact that gold has been able to make significant gains in November and then carried that momentum into December illustrates the depth of support that has built up for the metal," Kinesis Money analyst Rupert Rowling said.

Spot silver fell 0.4% to $22.67 per ounce, while platinum slipped 0.4% to $1,037.13 but were both set for weekly gains.

Palladium lost 2.1% to $1,900.40, but was on track to snap a two-week losing streak.

 

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First Published: 02 Dec 2022, 04:27 PM IST