Gold rose on Friday, eyeing its best
weekly gain since May 2021, as investors scrambled for
safe-haven assets after Russia attacked a nuclear power plant in
Ukraine — the largest of its kind in Europe.
* Spot gold rose 0.6% to $1,946.41 per ounce by 0100
GMT and was on track for a weekly gain of about 3%. U.S. gold
futures also rose 0.6% to $1,948.60.
* The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was on
fire early on Friday after an attack by Russian troops, the
mayor of the nearby town of Energodar said.
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* Russia has already captured the defunct Chernobyl plant,
some 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
* Governments, including those of the United States and the
European Union, have imposed sanctions on Russian individuals,
companies, banks and the Russian central bank since the Kremlin
sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.
* The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) told Reuters
it has asked six Russian gold refiners it accredits if they have
commercial links with sanctioned Russian entities and that such
links, if found, could affect their accreditation.
* Russia’s finance ministry said on Thursday it was halting
purchases of foreign currency and gold for this year as part of
a suspension of parts of its fiscal rule relating to the use of
extra oil and gas revenues.
* Palladium gained 1.6% to $2,818.86, after hitting
its highest level since mid-July 2021 at $2,835.48 earlier in
* The auto-catalyst metal, used by automakers in catalytic
converters to curb emissions, was all set to gain about 20% –
its best weekly rise since late-March 2020.
* Spot silver was up 0.4% at $25.25 per ounce and set
for a fifth consecutive weekly rise, while platinum rose
0.4% to $1,084.82.
(Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)
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