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Jobs Data Disappoints

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Employment Situation report for the month of August. According to the report, the U.S. added 151,000 jobs in August, well below consensus estimates of 175,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent. While the addition of 151,000 jobs might sound pretty solid when taken at face value, the number was a clear miss and may drive a shift in interest rate expectations. The week before last, the rhetoric coming out of the Fed symposium... Continue Reading

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Welcome Lower Prices With Open Arms

Gold saw some decent selling pressure to end last week’s trading, with spot prices falling by nearly two percent. Friday’s non-farm payrolls data was the primary culprit, as the report showed the U.S. added 255,000 jobs last month-well above consensus estimates of 180,000 jobs. The unemployment rate moved a tad higher, but that may simply be attributed to an increase in the labor participation rate. Combined with positive revisions for both May and June, the jobs data was described by analysts as “stellar, strong and... Continue Reading

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