Gold falls further on US jobs report

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gold and silver losses continued Thursday under pressure from a positive US jobs report.

The yellow metal ended down US$16.35 at US$1,161.85/oz in London, its lowest since February, with silver slipping 37 cents to US$16.30/oz, its lowest since June, as the ADP report showed the US economy added 216,000 jobs in November.

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The figure is the highest since June and up from 119,000 in October.

The precious metals have fallen since Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections, under pressure from a rising dollar and bond yields, linked to the president-elect's pledge to greatly increase infrastructure spending.

Gold slipped below US$1,180/oz for the first time in nearly 10 months on November 30.

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Prospects may be brighter for gold following December's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Metal Bulletin analyst Boris Mikanikrezai said.

"Although we expect the Fed to raise rates at the meeting, the message it delivers could surprise on the dovish side, highlighting key downside risks to the US economic outlook.

"This could give gold a boost, hence our neutral short-term view [of 1-3 months]," he said.

Analysts are divided over gold's prospects for 2017, with ABN AMRO forecasting a fall to US$1,100/oz.