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[video] Quick Take: Gold Drops as GDP Strengthens

Stock quotes in this article: SPY, GLD

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Joe Deaux spoke to Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.com, about reaction in the gold market to the European Central Bank's change in monetary policy. 

The ECB surprised economists by cutting interest rates to 0.25% from 0.5%, which weighed on gold when coupled with stronger-than-expected third-quarter GDP.

Many market participants expected gold to have a bullish response to the ECB's form of easing. However, Wyckoff said the rate cut instantly caused the euro to plunge, allowing the U.S. dollar index to move higher. A higher U.S. dollar generally means lower gold prices.

On Friday, the nonfarm payrolls report will be released, and he suggested the results could continue gold's selloff into tomorrow. 

He concluded that a better-than-expected labor report might cause market participants to expect the Federal Reserve to taper sooner rather than later, which would have an immediate negative effect on gold prices.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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