Gold Ends Higher as Traders Sift Jobs Report

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Gold for June delivery, the most actively traded contract, increased $6.70, or 0.6%, on Friday to settle at $1,188.90 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Gold futures gained 1.2% for the week.

Investors have been scrutinizing U.S. data for clues as to when the Fed might lift borrowing costs from near zero. Mixed signals from economic reports have kept gold prices tethered to a narrow trading range in recent weeks. The precious metal doesn’t pay interest or dividends and has a harder time competing with stocks and bonds when interest rates are climbing.

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