Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dollar hits record on budget impasse


NEW YORK, -- Gold prices jumped to a record high Monday as the dollar dropped with continued concern over a budget impasse in Washington.
Gold is benefiting from the weaker dollar, pushed lower by the impasse and by the fear of a potential U.S. default, which would create an instant demand for gold as a safe haven.
On Monday, gold on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gained $13.30 to $1,614.80.
Oil prices retreated in New York. West Texas Intermediate crude lost 70 cents to $99.17 per barrel.
The euro rose to $1.4376 from Friday's $1.4258. Against the yen, the dollar fell to 78.3 yen from Friday's 78.55 yen.
The dollar index, a prorated measure of the dollar's strength against six major currencies, dropped 0.19 percent to 74.11 Monday.

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