Analysis and Recommendations:
Gold moved back up the charts today, trading at 1713.05 up 14.35. As the US jobs reports were released Gold cascaded down falling as low as 1683.15 but then bounced right back up. Simultaneous with the jobs release was also the US trade balance which came in much higher than expected, giving the markets some negative news.
The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in January, driven higher by record imports of autos, capital goods and food, government data reported. The trade gap expanded 4.3% in January to $52.6 billion from $50.4 billion in December.
The U.S. created 227,000 jobs in February and more people found work in the prior two months than previously reported, suggesting the economy's recent momentum is likely to continue.
The unemployment rate, meanwhile, was unchanged at 8.3% as nearly half-a-million workers reentered the labor force in search of job, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's usually a good sign because it means people believe more work is available.
The deal is done, finally. Greece finished their debt swap with private creditors. Bondholders representing some 85% of Greece's outstanding private-sector debt, well above the government's minimum threshold, have agreed to the swap, easing pressures on the eurozone.
Conditions are in place for Greece to get its second bailout, said Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker in a statement released Friday. I welcome the significant progress achieved in the preparation of the second Greek adjustment program, said Juncker, after a teleconference between euro-zone finance ministers on Friday
Just a heads up since gold is volatile and will react to most economic indicators we will begin to post the daily calendar with events that could affect the price of gold. The gold price is sensitive to a number of scheduled U.S. and Euro area macroeconomic announcements-including retail sales, non-farm payrolls, and inflation. Gold's high sensitivity to real interest rates and its unique role as a safe-haven and store of value typically leads to a counter-cyclical reaction to surprise news, in contrast to their commodities. It also shows a particularly high sensitivity to negative surprises that might lead financial investors to become more risk averse.
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Mar 14 18:00 US Auctions 30Y Bonds
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Mar 15 10.30 UK Auctions 4.5% 2042 conventional Gilt
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Gold Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
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