18 Apr '11, 5am

Gold hits record on inflation fear; silver at 31-yr high

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Spot gold hit a record high and silver rose to a 31-year high on Monday, fuelled by concerns of rising inflation globally, and as a lingering euro zone sovereign debt crisis continued to boost safe-haven demand in precious metals. Spot gold hit a record of $1,488.50 an ounce, before easing to $1,484.29 by 0252 GMT. U.S. gold futures were nearly flat at $1,486.60. "It wouldn't be a surprise to see gold push higher in the current environment," said Darren Heathcote, head of trading at Investec Australia, adding that investors were concerned about inflation, especially when oil prices remain high. U.S. crude futures headed lower on Monday below $109 a barrel after three days of gains, but had gained nearly 20 percent this year. Inflation accelerated in Asia and Europe in March while the United States bucked the global trend with underlying price pressure...

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