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Gold Rallies as Employment Data Signals Potential September Rate Cut

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Gold prices surged today following the release of key employment data that suggests a cooling job market, potentially paving the way for an earlier-than-anticipated interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.

The ADP employment report revealed that the private sector added 150,000 new jobs last month, falling short of the expected 160,000 and below May's figure of 152,000. Concurrently, the U.S. Labor Department reported an increase in initial jobless claims to 238,000 last week, up from 233,000 the previous week.

These figures, coupled with forecasts predicting Friday's jobs report will show only 190,000 new jobs added last month – a significant drop from the previous month's 270,000 – further indicate an economic slowdown. This trend suggests that the Fed's restrictive monetary policy has been effectively curbing inflation, bringing it closer to the 2% target. This increases the likelihood of a rate cut in the near future.

Market sentiment has shifted dramatically, as reflected in the CME's FedWatch tool. It now indicates a 72.6% probability of a rate cut on or before the September FOMC meeting, with a 66.5% chance of a quarter-point cut. This represents a significant increase from 63.4% yesterday and 56.3% a week ago.

The optimism surrounding a potential rate cut has fueled a sharp increase in gold prices. The most active August futures contract surpassed $2,360, approaching its highest level in about a month. As of 5:25 PM ET, August gold futures were trading at $2,369.40, representing a 1.54% gain or $36 per troy ounce, after reaching an intraday high of $2,374.50.

Contributing to gold's rally was a weaker dollar, with the dollar index declining 0.35% to 105.348. The combination of dollar weakness and lower U.S. Treasury yields has created a bullish environment for gold.

From a technical perspective, gold futures closed above their 50-day moving average, signaling a short-term bullish trend. The metal now faces minor resistance at $2,380, with stronger resistance at $2,400 and major resistance at the record high of $2,460.

With U.S. markets closed tomorrow for Independence Day, investors will be keenly awaiting Friday's jobs report. If the current forecast holds true, it could propel gold prices even higher, potentially challenging recent resistance levels. As the economic landscape continues to evolve, gold's performance in the coming days may provide valuable insights into market expectations and the future direction of monetary policy.

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Gary S. Wagner


Gary S. Wagner - Executive Producer