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MTECHTIPS;-Gold rises amid heightened geopolitical concerns

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4:47
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MTECHTIPS;-Gold rises amid heightened geopolitical concerns

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MTECHTIPS- Gold prices were higher during North American morning hours on Monday, kicking the week off with gains as a missile launch by North Korea was the latest event to add to concerns about rising geopolitical tensions. Comex gold futures tacked on $6.00, or about 0.5%, to $1,232.35 a troy ounce by 9:15 AM ET (14:15 GMT). The precious metal fell to $1,223.00 on Friday, the lowest since February 15. Spot gold was down $2.70 to $1,231.90 per ounce. Geopolitical tensions were in focus after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles early on Monday, three of which landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, an area extending about 230 miles out to sea from its coastline. The move came just after Japanese media reported on Saturday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tiller son is due to visit Japan, South Korea and China this month to discuss North Korea on his first trip to the region since he took up his post. The news bolstered demand for perceived safe-havens such as the yen and gold, while weighing on U.S. Treasury yields. U.S. political developments also remained in focus after President Donald Trump on Saturday accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him during the 2016 election campaign, an accusation rejected by Obama and a top former intelligence official, even as the White House urged Congress to investigate the allegation

 

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