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Gold climbs on investment demand

  • SOURCE: | qwesa2big
  • goldGold climbed for a second day as assets in bullion-backed funds rose to the highest since December 2013 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised price forecasts.

    Bullion for immediate delivery rose as much as 0.7 percent to $1,274.65 an ounce and was at $1,272.04 at 10:10 a.m. in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. Silver added 1.1 percent, while platinum and palladium also gained.

    Gold is up 20 percent this year as a slowdown in global growth and the Federal Reserve’s hesitancy to raise raise rates boost its appeal. Billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer has said that gold’s best quarter in 30 years is probably just the beginning of a rebound. Goldman analysts increased price estimates for the next 12 months, but kept their bearish outlook on the metal.

    “ETF inflows followed the move higher in the gold price in April,” Jonathan Butler, a precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi Corp. in London, said by e-mail. “This upwards momentum has followed through into May despite gold coming off its highs of the start of the month.”

    Bullion holdings rose for an 11th day, the longest run in two months. Assets increased 3 tons to 1,806.71 tons as of Tuesday, data compiled by Bloomberg show. They’ve jumped 24 percent this year.

    “It makes a great deal of sense to own gold. Other investors may be finally starting to agree,” Singer wrote in an April 28 letter to clients. “Investors have increasingly started processing the fact that the world’s central bankers are completely focused on debasing their currencies.”

    In other metals:

    • Silver gained 1.1 percent to $17.31 an ounce.

    • Platinum was up 0.9 percent at $1,062.98 an ounce.

    • Palladium climbed 0.8 percent to $600.65 an ounce.


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