Jobs Report? How The Rest of The World Sees It.

Gold prices were flat in Asian trading on Monday as investors continued to favor dollar positions upon concluding that an improvement in the U.S. unemployment rate did not depict a firming labor market and a rebounding U.S. economy.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for December delivery were up 0.02% at USD1,781.15 a troy ounce, up from a session low of USD1,779.15 and down from a high of USD1,781.55 a troy ounce.

Gold futures were likely to test support at USD1,774.95 a troy ounce, Friday’s low, and resistance at USD1,798.05, Friday’s high.

Gold and the dollar historically trade inversely from one another, and the greenback rose early Monday as investors viewed the September jobs report with a degree of skepticism and avoided risk.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8% percent in September from 8.1% in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Employers added a net 114,000 jobs in September, while households reported that total employment rose by 873,000 in September following three months of little change.

The number of unemployed Americans stood at 12.1 million in September, the fewest since January 2009.

A surge in demand for part-time workers sent the headline unemployment rating falling, possibly due to political campaigns hiring younger Americans for work ahead of November’s elections.

Meanwhile, the creation of just 114,000 new nonfarm payrolls reflected no major improvement from previous monthly jobs reports.

Gold prices have risen in recent sessions thanks to Federal Reserve stimulus tools that weaken the dollar, though investors viewed the September jobs report as a reason to sell for profits early Monday.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is currently running a third round of quantitative easing, a monetary stimulus tool that sees the U.S. central bank buy USD40 billion in mortgage-backed securities a month on an open-ended basis to spur recovery.

Elsewhere on the Comex, silver for December delivery was down 0.02% and trading at USD34.565 a troy ounce, while copper for December delivery was down 0.16% and trading at USD3.752 a pound.

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