After four days of gains, gold prices are taking a bit of a breather this morning. Out of the gate the metal plunged to the $1646 level before trimming its losses. Losses on the broader market are modest and it seems like investors are casting a wary eye on Friday. That is when the NFP report for April will be released. With jobless claims ticking slowly higher, the whisper numbers for job creation are getting slashed left and right.
Gold bulls should hope for a number that is warns of risks to the labor market. That could be the catalyst for the Fed to step in and restart the stimulus programs. Obviously any further stimulus out of the Fed would be a boon for gold prices.
Short term the economic situation out of the EU could add negative pressure to the metal as investors flee into the dollar. But long term, the longer it takes for them to solve the situation or if there is a breakup, it could lead gold to another rally. [Read more...]