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Gold hits 5-month peak as dollar slips after US jobs data

Gold costs struck a five-month peak on Friday and continued to trade near that level as the dollar moved following weaker-than-expected U.S. tasks data that raised the possibility that the U.S. Federal Reserve might go slow on interest rate hikes next year.

U.S. gold futures settled at $1,252.60 per ounce.

” With increased volatility and geopolitical risk, macro asset allotment is becoming more gold-positive again while we believe much of the dollars upward relocation is now behind us with rate trek expectations dropping,” analysts at BMO Capital Markets said in a note.

” The non-farm payroll information came out lower than expected. It is an unfavorable pick that is causing people to hedge a little bit more in gold and any shorts are most likely covering and adding couple of longs to the market,” stated Miguel Perez-Santalla, vice president of Heraeus Metal Management in New York.

Platinum increased 0.35 percent to $792.80. The metal earlier hit a three-month low of $779 and extended losses for a 5th successive week.

Gold, which is thought about a safe investment during times of financial, geopolitical and financial unpredictability, has actually recovered about 7 percent from 19-month lows struck in mid-August.

Silver acquired 0.88 percent to $14.60 per ounce and was headed for a weekly increase of more than 2 percent.

The dollar eased versus a basket of currencies on Friday after data showed U.S. job growth slowed in November and month-to-month earnings increased less than anticipated, suggesting some moderation in economic activity.

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Spot gold was up 0.86 percent at $1,248.28 per ounce, having actually hit $1,245.60 per ounce earlier, its highest since July 13.

We found this nice short article at https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/07/gold-markets-dollar-us-nonfarm-payrolls-in-focus.html.

Interest rate futures recommended traders see less than one rate boost from the Fed next year, compared to previous expectations for potentially 2 rate walkings.

With an increase of almost 1.7 percent today, gold looked set to clock its best gain since at least the week of Aug. 24.

Meanwhile, spot palladium increased 0.85 to $1,219.70 per ounce.

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