Gold for April delivery at the COMEX division of the CME was down $2.50 to $1,573.40 an ounce. The
ADP reported private-sector employment rose by 158,000 in March, which was less than the 200,000 that economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting.
Wednesday is marking the second-consecutive losing session for the yellow metal. On Tuesday, gold plummeted as more investors continued to seek higher returns from surging equity markets.The Federal Reserve's dual mandate to combat a rise in inflation and steer the economy toward strong job growth has led gold investors to keep an eye on important labor data. Strong labor statistics -- monthly nonfarm payrolls, the monthly ADP report and initial jobless claims, among others -- offer a sense of overall economic health in the United States. And as the Fed has marked a 6.5% unemployment rate as a threshold to possibly begin raising the short-term federal funds rate, precious metals traders have used jobs data to gauge the need to exit or increase holdings in gold. Silver prices for May delivery were losing 3 cents to $27.22 an ounce, while the U.S. dollar index was shrinking 0.1% to $82.80. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >Contact by Email. Follow @JoeDeaux