Gold Prices Rally to $860 an Ounce

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"I think there's a chance it could hit $890 in the next two weeks," said Tom Pawlicki, a precious metal analyst and energy analyst at Man Financial Inc. "Oil's definitely playing a part."

Gold prices topped $860 an ounce Wednesday as a weak U.S. dollar coupled with a record-setting push to $100 oil spurred demand for the precious metal.

Other commodities also climbed, further boosted by an influx of money into the market at the start of the new year.

An ounce of gold for February delivery jumped $23.50 to $861.50 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange after hitting $864.90 earlier in the session. The spike surpassed gold's recent high of $850, but still fell short of its all-time high of $875 an ounce set in 1980.

The surge in oil prices helped boost the price of gold as investors shifted resources to the precious metal, often seen as a safe haven against inflation and political uncertainty.

"I think there's a chance it could hit $890 in the next two weeks," said Tom Pawlicki, a precious metal analyst and energy analyst at Man Financial Inc. "Oil's definitely playing a part."

Before Wednesday's jump, gold ended the year up almost 32 percent...

A major driver behind gold's advance from less than $650 an ounce in January has been the dollar's steep drop against the euro. A cheap dollar can make commodities more attractive as an alternative investment, and can also raise demand from foreign buyers as their currencies gain strength.

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