July, the current expectations are that 218,000 jobs were added. If the report shows a higher figure, it could steer investors towards equities and thus may pull down precious metals.


Source: FOMC and CME

As you can see, the past couple of non-farm payroll reports, which were better than expected, led to a decline in gold prices.

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The non-farm payroll and GDP reports are tied with the latest FOMC meeting, in which the Fed didn't surprise the market and tapered its asset purchase program by another $10 billion. But the recovery in the labor and GDP could push FOMC members a bit closer towards taking a hawkish move such as announcing a rate hike. Such a decision could reduce the fear of inflation and thus push investors away from the yellow metal. 

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