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Published on 1/07/2021 8:47:41 AM | Source: Reuters

Gold dips on firmer dollar as market eye U.S. jobs data

Posted in Commodities| #Gold #US dollar #Commodity

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Gold prices edged lower on Thursday, as the dollar hovered near a three-month peak, with investors looking ahead to a key U.S. jobs report due later this week for clues on what it might mean for monetary policy.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold eased 0.1% to $1,769.11 per ounce, as of 0117 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,768.10.

* The dollar held firm near a three-month high scaled in the previous session. A stronger dollar makes greenback-priced metals more expensive for holders of other currencies. [USD/]

* U.S. private payrolls increased more than expected in June as companies rushed to boost production and services amid a rapidly reopening economy.

* Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said Wednesday he would like the Fed to start reducing its support for the economy before the end of the year, in part to make an abrupt policy tightening less likely later on.

* A Fed rate hike will increase the opportunity cost of holding bullion and dull its appeal.

* Investors are now awaiting the U.S. non-farm payrolls report on Friday.

* India has slashed the base import price of palm oil, soyoil, gold and silver, the government said in a statement late on Wednesday, as prices fell in the overseas market.

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

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0750 France Markit Mfg PMI June

0755 Germany Markit/BME Mfg PMI June

0800 EU Markit Mfg Final PMI June

0830 UK Markit/CIPS Mfg PMI Final June

0900 EU Unemployment Rate May

1230 US Initial Jobless Clm Weekly

1345 US Markit Mfg PMI Final June

1400 US ISM Manufacturing PMI June

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