Sep 1 (Reuters) - Gold prices firmed on Friday as investors braced for U.S. jobs data that could confirm the economy’s recent cooling trend and reduced rate hike expectations that have set gold on track for its second straight week of gains.

Spot gold climbed 0.2% to $1,943.80 per ounce by 1008 GMT and was poised for a 1.5% weekly gain after prices touched one-month highs on Wednesday. U.S. gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,970.40...[LINK]