Gold Gets Boost From Iraq and Russia

Gold was little changed near the highest in more than two weeks as investors weighed whether escalating violence in Iraq will increase demand for the precious metal as a haven.

Gold rallied this week while oil extended gains today and European equities fell as Iraq’s Shiite-led government struggled to retain control of Sunni-majority regions, after army units in northern parts of the country collapsed amid an extremist advance. Bullion increased 5.9 percent this year in part as tension between Ukraine and Russia fueled demand for a haven.

“Although gold had a relatively quiet few days early on in the week, it has been firming up over the past two days on account of the disturbing developments being reported out of Iraq,” Edward Meir, an analyst at INTL FCStone in New York, wrote in a report e-mailed today. “Developments in Iraq will likely dictate the near-term trend.”

Gold for August delivery was little changed at $1,273.20 an ounce at 7:01 a.m. on the Comex in New York, after earlier rising to $1,277.60, the highest since May 27. The metal headed for a 1.7 percent gain this week, after rising 0.5 percent the previous week. Gold for immediate delivery was little changed at $1,273.08 an ounce in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.

Platinum for July delivery rose 0.3 percent to $1,445.90 an ounce in New York. Prices declined 2.7 percent yesterday. Palladium for September delivery was little changed at $819.75 an ounce after tumbling yesterday by 4.7 percent, the most in almost a year.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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