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Gold resumes rally as focus turns to NFP

US non-farm payroll report is a major focus today. Employment is expected to grow 250k in July. Unemployment rate is forecast to be unchanged at 3.6%. Average hourly earnings would maintain a growth pace of 0.3% mom.

Looking at related data, ISM manufacturing employment ticked up from 47.3 to 49.9. ISM services employment rose from 47..4 to 49.1. Four-week moving average of initial claims rose from 233k to 255k. Overall, these data suggest that there won’t be a blockbuster NFP today. Wage growth would likely be the more market moving part.

Here are some readings on NFP:

Gold’s rally from 1680.83 resumed after brief retreat and breaks through 1786.65 resistance. The development adds to the case that whole decline from 2070.06 has completed after defending 1682.60 key support. Further rally is now in favor as long as 1754.13 minor support holds, for 38.2% retracement of 2070.06 to 1680.83 at 1829.51. The move could be accompanied by another round of near term selloff in Dollar.

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