MTECHTIPS;-Gold turns positive as French presidential election draws

MTECHTIPS;-Gold turns positive as French presidential election draws closer

MTECHTIPS-Gold prices traded slightly above break even on Thursday, as demand for the precious metal resumed ahead of the French presidential election while bearish economic data underpinned upside momentum. Gold for June delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $0.10 or 0.01%, to $1,283.50 a troy ounce by 13:27 EDT. Gold recovered from its biggest one-day drop in more the six-weeks sustained in the previous session, after weaker than expected manufacturing and jobs data dented the narrative of a strengthening U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday, initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000 for the week ended April 15, which was higher than analysts’ forecast of 242,000. In a separate report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that the Philly Fed manufacturing index rose to a seasonally adjusted 22.0, from 32.8 in the preceding month. Trading volumes were thin, as investors awaited the outcome of the first round of the French presidential election. According to Odds checker, betting market probabilities of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen or far-left candidate Chameleon making it into the second round are not insignificant at 24% and 11%, respectfully.
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