Gold rises as manufacturing survey disappoints

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014

Gold rose after a survey showed that manufacturing in the U.S. barely expanded last month, casting doubt on the health of the U.S. economy.

The price of gold for delivery in April rose $20.10, or 1.6 percent, to $1,259.90 an ounce.

Gold has risen about 5 percent this year as U.S. economic reports have fallen short of investors' expectations and amid concern that growth in China is slowing. The metal plunged last year as investors grew more optimistic about the U.S. economy.

"If the Chinese picture changes and U.S. growth slows, sentiment could change in terms of a positive global growth story to a more mixed one," said Edward Meir, a metals analysts at INTL FCStone. "Gold can do well in that kind of environment."

Gold also rose as U.S. stocks continued their rough start to the year. The stock market had its worst day in more than seven months Monday.

In other metals trading, silver for March delivery rose 29 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $19.41 an ounce. Platinum for April climbed $10.90, or 0.8 percent, to $1,386.60 an ounce.

Copper for March delivery fell 1.4 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $3.18 per pound. Palladium for the same month fell 0.5 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $702.70 an ounce.

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