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Syria Sparks "Flight to Safety" in Gold Investment Analysts Reckon, as US Crude Oil Hits 2-Year High

GOLD INVESTMENT prices touched their highest level since mid-May in London on Wednesday morning, trading briefly at $1433 per ounce before edging $10 lower as European stock markets extended yesterday's losses.
 
Silver prices touched their best level since this April's gold crash while US crude oil added another 1.2% to hit 2-year highs above $110 per barrel.
 
US Treasury bonds fell, nudging interest rates higher, even German and UK debt prices rose.
 
"The possibility of US military action against Syria is driving demand for safe-haven assets including gold," reckons commodities fund manager Jeffrey Sherman at Los Angeles-based $56 billion DoubleLine.
 
UK prime minister David Cameron said Wednesday he's pushing for a UN resolution "authorising necessary measures to protect [Syrian] civilians" following this month's chemical weapons attack.
 
"This is a classic case of a flight to safety," agrees Mike Meyer, assistant vice president at EverBank World Markets, talking about gold investment to CNN.
 
"The tension in Syria, as well as Egypt a few weeks ago, have set the wheels in motion for gold to rise."
 
But "Helped by a thin trading environment, gold was immediately treated as safe haven" after last Friday's poor US home sales data, says the latest weekly report from German investment-bar and refining group Heraeus.
 
"With the summer coming to an end, general demand is picking up again and we see in the current environment sufficient support for gold to stay around the current level."
 
Starting in early August, says Credit Suisse's Tom Kendall, speaking to Reuters, "you've had something of the order of 6 million ounces of short-covering going through on the Comex futures and options market."
 
That turnaround in short-term gold investment sentiment "has been playing into it as well," says Kendall.
 
On a technical basis. "Gold has been rising within an up sloping channel since July and within a steeper one since early August," write chart analysts at French investment bank Societe Generale today.
 
Investment gold is now "nearing the channel upper limits," the SocGen analysts believe, "with hourly indicators...suggesting $1437/41 to be a key graphic level."
 
"We will retain our longer term bearish forecast," says Axel Rudolph at Germany's Commerzbank, "while the gold price remains below the $1424.05 June high on a daily chart closing basis.
 
"The current corrective rally higher should be followed by another decline back to the $1300/1250 region."
 
Rising 20% from their near 3-year low in Dollar terms at end-June, prices for wholesale gold bars also broke new multi-week highs today against all other currencies.
 
Investment gold priced in Australian Dollars today leapt above A$1600 per ounce, the highest level since February 12.
 
Gold prices in Indian Rupees touched fresh record highs as the #1 gold consumers' currency sank to fresh lows on the FX market.

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.

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