Gold was down on Monday morning in Asia, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to begin asset tapering as per its timeline despite the disappointing data in the latest U.S. jobs report.
Gold futures edged down 0.14% to $1,754.95 by 12:14 AM ET (4:14 AM GMT), with the yellow metal hitting a two-week high on Friday after the release of the U.S. jobs report but then paring gains during the session.
The U.S. Labor Department’s jobs report, released last Friday, showed that non-farm payrolls were at 194,000, and the unemployment rate was 4.8%, in September. Although the nonfarm payrolls figure was much lower than the 500,000 in forecast prepared by Investing.com, the Fed is widely expected to begin asset tapering in November 2021 as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country crested and began to decrease.
Although the U.S. job market will continue to feel COVID-19’s impact, it is too soon to say it is “stalling,” San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly said on Sunday.
SPDR Gold Trust (P:GLD) holdings edged down 0.2% to 985.05 tons on Friday from 986.54 tons on Thursday.
Physical gold rates in India flipped to a discount for the first time in over two months during the past week, with rising local prices curbing demand. Meanwhile, buying in China was expected to pick up, with markets re-opened after the Golden Week holiday.
In other precious metals, silver inched down 0.1% while platinum eased 0.4% to $1,022.42. Palladium jumped 2.6% to $2,130.94, after hitting its highest level since Sep. 13 earlier.