Friday, June 10, 2011

Randgold (GOLD) (HMY) (GRS) (ANV) (AUY) (GSS) Close Up on Higher Gold Prices

Harmony Gold Mining (NYSE:HMY), Randgold (NASDAQ:GOLD), Gammon Gold (NYSE:GRS), Allied Nevada Gold (AMEX:ANV), Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) and Golden Star Resources (AMEX:GSS) end higher as gold futures settled up.

Gold futures for August delivery roe $4 to $1,547.70 an ounce. Silver prices were also up, settling at $37.32 an ounce, gaining 2 percent.

The job market in the U.S. was also weak, as the number of people applying for unemployment benefits for the first time climbed to 427,000 last week. Economists had expected the number to fall to 419,000. The number applying for jobless benefits jumped from the prior week too, being upwardly revised from 422,000 to 426,000.

Gold was also stronger on the decision by the European Central Bank to keep its interest rate at the same level. It did give a nod toward raising interest rates in July.

The European Central Bank kept its key interest rate at 1.25 percent. The Bank of England left its main interest rate unchanged at 0.50 percent, a record low.

Golden Star Resources closed Thursday at $2.51, gaining $0.13, or 5.46 percent. Yamana Gold ended the day at $11.90, up $0.14, or 1.19 percent. Allied Nevada Gold closed at $31.62, jumping $0.09, or 0.29 percent. Gammon Gold ended the session at $9.51, climbing $0.54, or 6.02 percent. Randgold closed at $80.08, rising $3.04, or 3.95 percent. Harmony Gold Mining closed at $13.21, increasing $13.21, up $0.24, or 1.85 percent.

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