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Gold surges as Middle East tensions spur safe-haven rush

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Gold prices rose above $2,400 per ounce to an all-time high on Friday, heading for their fourth week of gains, as growing tensions in the Middle East prompted investors to seek refuge in the safe-haven assets.
Spot gold eased 0.8% to $2,353.35 per ounce as of 1:40 p.m. ET (1740 GMT), taking a breather after hitting a record high of $2,419.79. Prices were up around 1% for the week.
U.S. gold futures settled 0.1% higher at $2,374.1.
Taking cues from gold’s upward momentum, platinum tested the key $1,000 per ounce level to its highest level in nearly four months.
“What’s really telling about the strength of gold is the U.S. dollar index and Treasury yields are climbing, yet gold continues to rally strongly – that’s very indicative of strong safe-haven demand,” said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco Metals.
A reportedly imminent attack by Iran on Israel is a real and viable threat, the White House said, giving no details about possible timing, reiterating that the U.S. takes its commitments to defend Israel seriously.
“Gold continues to go from strength to strength as we are witnessing fear of missing out on clear display,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, said in a note.
Gold’s recent surge arrived despite traders dialing back bets for an early interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve.
“Gold has pushed back against some data that should have typically been negative. It will be somewhat healthy to see a correction in the bull’s market, but the trend will continue to be positive,” said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at EverBank.
Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs hiked its year-end gold price forecast to $2,700 per ounce from $2,300, citing the metal’s bull market’s indifference to the usual macro factors.
Spot silver fell 1% to $28.21 per ounce, after touching its highest level since early 2021. Platinum rose 0.6% to $985.65 and palladium firmed 0.9% to $1,055.62.
All three metals were poised for weekly gains.