* Payrolls rise by 235,000 jobs, nicely beneath expectations
* Gold might run in direction of $1,850 – analyst
* Focus now on September FOMC assembly (Provides quote, updates costs)
Sept 3 (Reuters) – Gold superior 1% to its highest in a month on Friday, as a shock slowdown in U.S. jobs progress in August drove the greenback decrease, casting doubts on the Federal Reserve’s tapering timeline.
Spot gold rose 0.8% to $1,824.20 per ounce by 10:19 am EDT (1419 GMT), after hitting its highest since Aug. 4 at $1,829.31, on observe to a fourth straight weekly achieve.
U.S. gold futures had been 0.8% greater at $1,826.00.
U.S. job progress got here in nicely beneath expectations in August amid a soar in COVID-19 infections.
The greenback index slipped quickly after the report, bolstering gold’s attraction for these holding different currencies.
“Gold obtained a fine addition from a a lot weaker (jobs) report,” stated Saxo Financial institution analyst Ole Hansen.
“However the truth that gold has failed to interrupt above resistance at $1,835 might point out some scepticism about whether or not this implies peak progress and delayed taper.”
Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated final week that if job progress continued, the Fed might begin reducing asset purchases this yr, however would stay cautious about elevating rates of interest.
“The knee jerk response was constructive for gold as a giant miss with the headline quantity just about dominated out a September taper,” stated Ed Moya, senior market analyst at overseas change brokerage OANDA, placing it on the right track for a break towards $1,850.
Some buyers view gold as a hedge in opposition to greater inflation which will comply with stimulus measures, whereas decrease rates of interest scale back the chance value of holding non-yielding bullion.
“Market focus will shift to the September FOMC assembly subsequent. We proceed to see additional upside threat for gold in mild of our expectations for the USD to weaken and actual yields to stay deeply destructive,” stated Suki Cooper, valuable metals analyst at Normal Chartered Financial institution.
Silver rose 2.8% to $24.54 per ounce whereas platinum was 1.8% greater at $1,016.50. Palladium climbed 0.6% to $2,415.18. (Reporting by Arpan Varghese and Arundhati Sarkar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Vinay Dwivedi)
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