Closing Gold & Silver Market Report – 9/5/2013
ECONOMIC DATA BOOSTS DOLLAR, WEIGHS ON GOLD
The Gold price has fallen once again Thursday as a strong U.S. dollar weighed heavily on Precious Metals prices following positive economic reports. Though Gold tends to be sought as an asylum for nervous investors in times of turmoil, the Syrian conflict seems to be having less impact on markets than today’s strong employment numbers and concern surrounding Fed stimulus tapering. With Gold falling for the fifth session out of the last six, many analysts and investors are anxiously pondering the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting in less than two weeks. With employment numbers continuing to improve, many wonder if the strides that the U.S. jobs market has made will be substantial enough for the Fed to begin reducing the current level of monthly asset purchases. Friday’s monthly jobs report will be highly anticipated. If jobs creation comes in at roughly 100,000 it could, “prompt markets to reduce the probability and the size of a September tapering, which could well send Gold toward $1,488 an ounce,” TD Securities said. “Conversely, a print above 200,000 would do the opposite, with prices moving toward $1,325 an ounce.”
U.S. stock indexes are experiencing their longest win streak since July as employment data boosted investor confidence ahead of tomorrow’s monthly jobs report. “Most people are looking at Friday’s jobs number as the determining factor whether or not the Fed will start tapering in September,” Steven Bulko, chief investment officer of Lombard Odier’s $1.2 billion long/short 1798 Fundamental Strategies Fund, said. Following the month of August that saw equities pull back from record highs, another upbeat showing in jobs numbers could give an upward bump to U.S. stocks.
At 5:03 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:
- Gold, $1,369.00, Down $23.00.
- Silver, $23.21, Down $0.23.
- Platinum, $1,485.50, Down $10.20.
- Palladium, $685.30, Down $12.00.