by Christopher Freeburn | April 4, 2014 4:58 pm
Gold surged in Friday trading after the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added fewer jobs than Wall Street had anticipated last month. Gold closed back above $1,300 an ounce, and posted a gain of 0.7% for the week.
The government said that non-farm payrolls rose by 192,000 in March. That fell slightly short of the 200,000 new jobs that economists had forecast.
Gold futures for June delivery climbed 1.5% to $1,303.50 per ounce on Friday, according to CME Group. Gold prices were as high as $1,307.50 and as low as $1,284.40. Bullion closed in London at $1,304, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for May delivery added 0.7% to settle at $19.95 per ounce. Friday’s high for silver was $20.23, while the low was $19.79.
Metal funds gained on Friday.
Mining ETFs improved during the day.
Gold stocks advanced on Friday.
Silver mining shares mostly retreated during the day.
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.
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