Gold rose to three-month highs in Europe on Friday as concern over the fiscal outlook for peripheral euro zone economies boosted safe haven flows into the precious metal, with a rebound in the euro also lifting prices.
Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York's SPDR Gold Trust, rose nearly 10 tons to a record 1,140.433 tons on Thursday, its biggest one-day rise since September. Spot gold peaked at $1,157.25 and was bid at $1,155.65 an ounce at 0927 GMT, against $1,150.15 late in New York on Thursday, Reuters says.
A London-based trader said gold's steady climb has yet to trigger any heavy selling, suggesting investment demand for gold is stronger than expected, and some market players are still looking for higher prices before shorting, Wall Street Journall informs.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said