JPMorgan Sees Gold At $1,800 By Mid 2013 As South Africa “In Crisis” And “Escalating Instability” In Middle East

Friday, February 1, 2013
By Paul Martin

By: GoldCore
GoldSeek.com
Friday, 1 February 2013

JPMorgan Sees Gold At $1,800 By Mid 2013 As South Africa “In Crisis” And “Escalating Instability” In Middle East

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said gold will rise to $1,800 an ounce by the middle of 2013, with the mining industry in South Africa “in crisis,” according to Bloomberg.

South Africa, once the largest gold producer, faces industrial unrest, high wage inflation and adverse regulatory changes for local mines, Allan Cooke, an analyst at the bank, said in a report dated today.

Gold will get a boost from prospects of more stimuli from the U.S., Japan and Europe, the potential for escalating instability in the Middle East and low interest rates, according to the report.

Geopolitical risk from the Middle East and the risk of war between Israel and Syria and Iran remains seriously underestimated by market participants and will provide support for both oil and gold.

Only yesterday the crisis intensified after Israel stepped into the Syrian conflict by bombing the outskirts of Damascus. Russia condemned the attack and Syria has threatened retaliation.

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