Precious-Gold Prices Drop as Dollar Strengthens After U.S. Jobs Report

Gold futures ended lower on Friday, down more than 1% for the week. A stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report drove up the dollar and Treasury yields as the data laid some groundwork for a potentially more aggressive Federal Reserve interest-rate response this year.


  • Higher interest rates make gold less attractive to investors because it does not pay interest
  • Gold is set to end this week 1.1 percent lower, after rising in six out of the last seven weeks and hitting its highest in 17 months last week at $1,366.07
  • Holding gold offers a degree of insurance if the broader market suffers a correction

The hawkish reading of the data is proving to be a trigger point for more downside pressure in gold in the short-term, said Suki Cooper, precious metals analyst at Standard Chartered Bank.

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