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Gold Bullion Pops on Weakest US Jobs Growth Since Jan., Analysts Bearish Ahead of ECB Vote

GOLD BULLION prices pushed higher lunchtime Wednesday in London, as US data showed new job creation in May falling short of analyst forecasts.
The US Dollar fell hard against most major currencies, but ahead of Thursday's widely expected Eurozone rate-cut decision from the European Central Bank, the single currency rose less quickly than Sterling or the Swiss Franc.
Gold bullion prices for Eurozone investors recovered last week's closing level at €916 per ounce.
Breaking out of a tight range around $1245, Dollar gold lagged Friday's finish by $2 per ounce at $1247.50.
"Sentiment has turned more bearish in the past week," says a note from Australia's ANZ Bank.
"Any recovery will likely be short-lived ahead of the ECB meeting," reckons US brokerage INTL FCStone, pointing to both tomorrow's Euro policy vote and Friday's release of official US non-farm payroll data as "both strengthen[ing] the Dollar and bring[ing] more pressure on gold."
Private-sector payroll services firm ADP said today that the US added 179,000 new jobs net in May, missing consensus forecasts of 210,000 with the lowest monthly addition since January.
"The job market has yet to break out from the pace of growth that has prevailed over the last three years," says Moody's Analytics' chief economist Mark Zandi.
US Treasury bond prices rose for a second day, nudging 10-year yields down to 2.58%, while European stockmarkets extended an earlier fall.
"Another quiet day in Asia," said a Hong Kong dealing desk Wednesday morning, "with most market participants awaiting the ECB meeting and non-farm payrolls released later this week before taking on new risk."
A stronger Yuan and a slight rise in Chinese gold prices pushed the Shanghai premium to $1.90 per ounce at Wednesday's finish.
Following last week's Reuters report of the Shanghai Gold Exchange winning state approval to launch an international bullion exchange in the city's freeport zone, rival newswire Bloomberg today says the SGE's new venture may allow traders to use Yuan held offshore.
"It's the ability to deliver onshore that matters," Bloomberg quotes Shanghai-based Gemsha Metals trader Wallace Ng, noting that legal inflows of gold bullion must come through the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
So while allowing offshore Yuan to be traded for gold contracts, the leaked plans are "still limited for physical traders in terms of the import quotas" – granted last year for the first time to only two foreign banks, HSBC and ANZ.
Meantime in India, the former No.1 gold consumer nation, new finance minister Arun Jaitley is rumored to be considering a sharp cut to gold import duty, says the DNA news site.
From the record-high 10% imposed last summer, "We are examining the possibility of a cut" in the import duty on gold bullion "in the range of 2% to 4%," DNA quotes an anonymous source.

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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