March 8, 2019 / 2:34 PM / 4 months ago

BUZZ-Gold cos rise as weak jobs data weighs on U.S. dollar

** U.S.-listed shares of gold producers rise after weaker-than-expected jobs data weighs on U.S. dollar

** Spot gold up 1 pct to $1297.63 per ounce

** Against a basket of currencies, the dollar was 0.39 percent lower at 97.282

** U.S.-listed shares of Harmony Gold up ~6 pct premarket, Yamana Gold and Iamgold Corp 5 pct, Sibanye-Stillwater ~3 pct

** AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick Gold up ~2 pct

** U.S. job growth almost stalled in February, with the economy creating only 20,000 jobs amid a contraction in payrolls in construction and several other sectors

** The job growth reported by the Labor Department on Friday was the weakest since September 2017 (Reporting by Debroop Roy in Bengaluru)

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