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NEW YORK (
Gold for February delivery rose $19.90 to settle at $1,675.80 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The
The spike was purely on the president's comments ... on the hopes that ... they got a deal done," said Tom Power, senior commodities broker at RJO Futures. "I think the deal is spending more money or kicking the can down the road a little bit."The president emerged Monday afternoon to say that a deal was in sight but not yet finalized. Reports have said the deal would raise income rates on families earning more than $450,000 a year and individuals making more than $400,000 a year. "Fiscal Cliff negotiators are still working but investors are taking a very cautious approach and gold as a general haven is viewed as an important asset," George Gero, precious metals strategist at RBC Wealth Management, wrote in a note. Negotiations filed during the weekend after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had failed to reach an agreement on tax hikes and other specifics to avoid the deep automatic spending cuts and tax increases that could go into effect by midnight. Senate Republicans had proposed tax hikes on individuals who were earning up to $450,000 and income of couples at $550,000, but Democrats counter-offered $360,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples. The White House sent Vice President Joe Biden to commence talks with McConnell, and by early Monday morning the two had made significant progress on a deal.