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Gold Prices Break to Upside, Volume Thin

Gold prices were higher Monday on thin volume and a weaker U.S. dollar.
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Gold prices

Monday were moving moderately higher on thin volume and a weaker U.S. dollar.

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Gold for June delivery, the most actively traded contract, was rising $7.60 to $1,133.70 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices Monday have traded as high as $1,134.80 and as low as $1,120.80. The U.S. dollar index was slipping 0.16% to $81.04. Gold's spot price was up over $6, according to Kitco's gold index.

Gold prices were digesting the U.S. unemployment data from Friday. The Labor Department said the U.S. added 162,000 nonfarm payrolls in March, while the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%. The data was in line with expectations and indicative of a

sustained economic recovery

. Investors responded by buying up riskier assets like gold. On the flip side, a positive jobs number could result in the

Federal Reserve

raising rates sooner than expected, which would boost the U.S. dollar and weigh on gold prices over the long term.

Gold prices rose 1.17% last week as traders took advantage of a thinner market. Many analysts expect the trend to continue Monday with London markets closed for the Easter holiday. "

With the physical market ... closed, I would look for a resumption of transient patterns in Tuesday and beyond of

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this week," advises Jon Nadler, senior analyst at "The exaggerated moves that we saw

last week are indicative of the fact that this is few players pushing around sufficient sums of money to make for outsized moves." Many analysts are still looking at a range for gold prices between $1,080 and $1,130 with an overhead resistance level at $1,150 an ounce.

Silver prices

were up 22 cents to $18.11 while copper was rising 5 cents to $3.63. Platinum was popping $33 to $1,708.60 as economy recovery hopes spurred demand for the metal. Platinum along with palladium are used in cars and many analysts look to auto manufacturing to increase substantially as the economy and unemployment improve.

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Mining stocks, sometimes a more leveraged way to

invest in gold

, were higher.

Barrick Gold


was trading at $39.74 while

Newmont Mining

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was higher at $53.88. Large-cap miners

Kinross Gold

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were trading up over 1% at $17.87 and $38.92, respectively.

Shares of

Lihir Gold


were trading slightly below their 52-week high at $36 after the company rejected an $8.5 billion offer from Newcrest Mining.

Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

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was up 1.01% at $87.15.

Yamana Gold

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was trading up 1.08% at $10.32.

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Written by Alix Steel in New York


Alix joined TV in February 2007. Previously, she held positions in film and theater production, management, and legal administration. Alix has a degree in communications and theater from Northwestern University.