Los Angeles CA, June 6 (Tangible Investments) - by James O’Dell - Gold turned sharply higher on bargain hunting and short covering on Thursday, gaining $9.65 or 0.78 percent to close at $1,253.35 an ounce after the European Central Bank (ECB) promised another round of liquidity and record rate cuts, but investors remain cautious ahead of Friday's key jobs report. Silver jumped $0.25 or 1.33 percent to close at $19.06 an ounce, while the gold/silver ratio fell to 65.76.
In their battle against deflation, ECB policymakers pushed the deposit rate into negative territory on Thursday, in efforts to coax banks into boosting lending, and are considering a form of quantitative easing (QE) similar to the Fed. "The single biggest threat to the global economy is the threat of deflation," wrote CNBC contributor Ron Insana. "I believe that lack of societal memory is one reason people have difficulty believing that the war on deflation is required to be as dramatic—and as long— as the war [on inflation] that started 43 years ago."
Meanwhile, the U.S. labor market reports that just 217,000 new jobs were created in May, and while that number falls within economist’s expectations of between 214,000 and 220,000 new jobs, it falls far below April's total of 282,000 jobs. April's numbers were downwardly revised to 282,000 jobs from an initial report of 288,000 making the report even worse. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent, while consensus estimates were calling for the rate to tick up one notch to 6.4 percent, but a decline in the participation rate prevented the move.
Five years after the Great Recession ended, the nation has finally replaced all the jobs that were lost, unfortunately, the population has grown nearly 7 percent. Seven million more jobs are now needed to keep up with that population growth.
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