NEW YORK/LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Gold rose more than 2 percent on Wednesday as a drop in the dollar and a fall in U.S. equities sparked bargain hunting that recouped most of bullion’s tumble the previous session.
Gains in the precious metal accelerated after data showed U.S. private employers added fewer jobs than expected in September, according to payrolls processor ADP, underscoring steady but still sluggish growth in the labor market. (Full Story)
A partial government shutdown in Washington entered a second day, adding to concerns over how soon a political compromise would be reached. Congress must also agree to raise the debt limit in coming weeks or risk a default that could roil global markets.
“The market is jittery because of the government shutdown. If the economy numbers continue to be weaker than expected, we may see a slide in the dollar, and money in equities flow back into Treasuries and metals for the time being,” said Tom Power, senior commodities trader at futures brokerage R.J. O’Brien.
In a reversal of Tuesday’s market, the S&P 500 index .SPX fell while safe havens such as U.S. Treasuries and gold rose. .N US/
Spot gold XAU= was up 2.4 percent to $1,316.41 an ounce at 2:44 p.m. EDT (1844 GMT), rebounding some $40 from a two-month low at $1,278.24 earlier in the session.
U.S. gold futures for December delivery GCZ3 settled up $34.60 at $1,320.70 an ounce, with volume about 5 percent above its 30-day average, preliminary Reuters data showed.
Gold’s inflation-hedge appeal was boosted after the European Central Bank’s chief said the ECB is watching moves in market interest rates closely and is ready to use any policy option to temper them if needed. (Full Story)
FED TAPERING, BUDGET CRISIS EYED
Bullion’s safe-haven status is usually burnished by economic uncertainty and geopolitical tension. Prolonged U.S. budget talks could lift gold’s prices, as this keeps pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain its monetary stimulus for an extended period of time.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama planned to meet with congressional leaders with the deadlock in Washington showing no signs it will end in the near future. (Full Story)
Slow growth and a weak jobs market mean the U.S. economy will continue to need support from accommodative monetary policy for years to come, top U.S. central banker Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren said on Wednesday. (Full Story)
On Tuesday, bullion posted its biggest daily percentage drop in more than two weeks, following a big Comex sell order and technical selling once prices fell below $1,300 an ounce.
The sharp slide in the previous session stirred market talk of forced liquidation by a distressed commodities fund and of selling related to a fund rebalancing on the first day of the fourth quarter, although the talk could not be confirmed.
The platinum group metals market now focuses on Thursday’s talks to seek an end to a strike that has brought most of the operations of South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum AMSJ.J to a standstill for nearly one week. (Full Story)
2:44 PM EDT LAST/ NET PCT LOW HIGH CURRENT
SETTLE CHNG CHNG VOL
US Gold DEC 1320.70 34.60 2.7 1276.90 1324.20 164,542
US Silver DEC 21.897 0.722 3.4 20.990 22.040 38,388
US Plat JAN 1393.40 8.10 0.6 1378.50 1400.90 10,374
US Pall DEC 721.20 2.30 0.3 712.10 722.60 3,130
Gold 1316.41 30.42 2.4 1279.15 1323.21
Silver 21.730 0.620 2.9 20.990 21.990
Platinum 1388.25 13.65 1.0 1381.00 1394.24
Palladium 717.38 2.38 0.3 714.52 720.00
TOTAL MARKET VOLUME 30-D ATM VOLATILITY
CURRENT 30D AVG 250D AVG CURRENT CHG
US Gold 168,132 162,650 189,283 23.18 -1.01
US Silver 40,030 60,247 58,610 35.14 1.70
US Platinum 10,612 14,501 12,978 20.36 0.00
US Palladium 3,227 6,102 5,806