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Metals Stocks: Gold prices head higher after Friday fall as investors bet on continued central-bank stimulus

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Gold prices on Monday rose off a two-month low as investors wagered that stimulus from central banks will remain in place for the foreseeable future, bolstering the case for bullion, despite a powerful rebound from equities off their lows in the U.S.

“The global economic recovery will still require further aid and gold prices should still be supported over the medium-term,” wrote Edward Moya, senior market analyst at brokerage Oanda, in a daily research note.

The moves higher for gold on Monday come after the commodity closed out Friday’s trade lower and notched a sharp weekly slide, following an unexpected rise in U.S. jobs for May and a drop in the nation’s unemployment rate to 13.3% from 14.7%, pushing prices for the haven metal to their lowest finish since April.

“Gold prices are shrugging off the last week’s decline on hopes the Fed will not tap the breaks in supporting the US economic recovery,” Moya speculated.

August gold

on Comex climbed $13.50, or 0.8%, at $1,696.10 an ounce, after finishing last week’s trade at the lowest level since early April and notching a weekly decline of 3.9%, according to FactSet data based on the most-active contracts.

Meanwhile, July silver

added 39 cents, or 2.2%, to trade at $17.870 an ounce, settling at its lowest level in two weeks, following a 5.5% weekly decline on Friday.

Meanwhile, equities were heading higher, looking to add to gains in the U.S., as investors watched the Federal Reserve, which was set to release on Wednesday an updated policy statement at the conclusion of its two-day meeting on Wednesday.

Read: Fed will be encouraged by the May job-market surprise but unlikely to rip up its low-rates-for-longer script

Elsewhere on Comex, July copper

decline a penny, or 0.5%, to reach $2.569 a pound, after logging a 5% weekly gain on Friday. July platinum

rose $34, or 4.1%, at $$864.40 an ounce, following a weekly loss of more than 5%, while September palladium

climbed $14.50, or 0.7%, at $1,967.10 an ounce, following a weekly slump of around 1%.

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