Gold shudders on strong jobs numbers

Long-term interest rates surged on strong jobs numbers, well above the estimate of 180,000. From the WSJ:

Nonfarm payrolls rose by a seasonally adjusted 255,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Revisions showed U.S. employers added 18,000 more jobs in May and June than previously estimated.

10-Year Treasury yields strengthened to 1.58 percent in response, from a record low of 1.33 percent four weeks ago. Expect a test of the descending trendline at 1.66 percent.

10-Year Treasury Yields

Gold fell to $1335/ounce on expectations of higher interest rates. Penetration of the rising trendline would suggest a correction to test primary support at $1200/ounce. Follow-through below $1300 would confirm.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1050 ) = 1550

At present I don’t see much threat to support between $1300 and $1310. Especially with safe-haven demand for gold enhanced by European uncertainty over Brexit, the dilemma of US November elections (a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives), and a declining Yuan encouraging capital flight from China.


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