Gold nears $1670 as recession fear grips markets

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
By Paul Martin

Commodity Online.com
04 October 2011

Gold consolidated its position as a safe haven asset and advanced further in Asian trade Tuesday after fears of another recession in three years hit markets.

Spot gold rose as high as $1669 an ounce in early trade before eased to $1665.41 an ounce at 12.30 p.m Singapore time while US Gold for December delivery was seen trading at $1668.02 after hitting a high of $1674.4 an ounce in early trade.

Analysts said concerns over recession spread fast among investors prompting them to dump equities and turned to bullion as safe haven which lifted Gold prices.

They added that bargain-hunting after recent strong selling pressure and safe-haven buying interest amid the ongoing European Union sovereign debt crisis boosted the yellow metal Monday.

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