The Labor Department said on Thursday that first-time unemployment benefits claims fell to 323,000, surprising economists who were expecting 335,000. Improvements in U.S. employment could reduce pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain economic stimulus efforts.
Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar hit its highest level in four years against the Japanese yen.
Gold futures for June delivery dipped 0.3% to $1,468.60 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold traded as high as $1,476 and as low as $1,458.80. Gold bullion closed in London at $1,460, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for June delivery sank 0.1% to $23.89 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $24.13, while the low was $23.70.
Gold and silver funds fell back in Thursday trading.
- The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE:GLD) slid 1.2%.
- The iShares Gold Trust (NYSE:IAU) dipped 1.1%.
- The iShares Silver Trust (NYSE:SLV) declined 1%.
Gold and silver mining ETFs moved down during the day.
- The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) fell 1.9%.
- The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDXJ) also dropped 1.8%.
- The Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE:SIL) sank 2.1%.
Gold mining shares mostly retreated on Thursday.
- Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) fell 1.8%.
- Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) slipped 2.3%.
- Eldorado Gold (NYSE:EGO) dropped 1.8%.
- Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) sank 1.6%.
- Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) dipped 0.2%.
- Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) slumped 2.2%.
- NovaGold Resources (AMEX:NG) climbed 3.6%.
- Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) pulled back 2.3%.
Silver mining shares dropped.
- Coeur d’Alene Mines (NYSE:CDE) tumbled 5.1%.
- Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) fell 3.5%.
- Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS) slid 2.5%.
- Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW) dipped 1.1%.
- Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ:SSRI) declined 3.8%.
As of this writing, Christopher Freeburn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Adrian Ash of BullionVault contributed to this report.