Gold soars over 2% as Russia attacks Ukraine – Reuters

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  • Gold hits 13-month high
  • Putin authorises military operation in Ukraine
  • Brent crosses $100 a barrel first time since 2014

Feb 24 (Reuters) – Gold prices on Thursday jumped over 2% to their highest in more than a year, with investors flocking to safe havens as Russian forces invaded Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin authorised what he called a special military operation.

Spot gold climbed 1.7% to $1,939.97 per ounce by 0611 GMT, after hitting its best level since January 2021 at $1,948.77. U.S. gold futures rose 1.8% to $1,943.90.

Russian forces fired missiles at several Ukrainian cities and landed troops on its south coast, officials and media said. read more

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Gold, considered a safe store of value during uncertain times, has risen about 8% in February so far as the Russia-Ukraine crisis walloped risk appetite. The metal is headed for its best monthly performance since July 2020.

“Gold is a haven asset along with the U.S. dollar and this is its day. We could inevitably see new all time highs in gold,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at OANDA.

Prices could continue rallying towards resistance at $1,960 an ounce and test $2,000 in the next few sessions, Halley added.

Gold rallies as Russia invades Ukraine

Russia is the world’s third-largest producer of gold, while the country’s Nornickel (GMKN.MM) is also a major producer of palladium and platinum. read more

Spot silver gained 2.1% to $25.03 per ounce, platinum rose 1% to $1,102.43, and palladium added 1.3% to 2,514.54.

The dollar and oil prices also rocketed higher, while global stocks and U.S. bond yields dived.

Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management, said “it’s just not the fog of war for gold, but also inflation”, especially with oil hitting $100 a barrel, and that’s why gold is becoming a defensive product.

“There is a shift into gold for hedging relatively cheap, believe it or not, at this price,” Innes added.

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Reporting by Asha Sistla and Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Arpan Varghese; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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