(REUTERS) — Gold rose on Thursday for a third consecutive day on a larger-than-expected fall in new U.S. claims for unemployment benefits, but analysts said bullion could pull back due to an upcoming U.S. jobs report.

Bullion hit a two-month high, reversing initial losses after encouraging jobless claims data pointed to a recovery jobs market, ahead of the closely watched January U.S. nonfarm payrolls report on Friday.

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