Gold prices for August delivery closed higher by 0.48% to $1,225.10 on Wednesday, as rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea spur demand for the precious metal. 

With the backdrop of North Korea launching an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday, investors look to gold during politically uncertain times believing the metal will hold its value better than other assets. 

Another catalyst which could send gold prices even higher is the Federal Reserve balking on its intended third rate hike this year.

Any sign that the Fed is wobbling in its resolve to deliver a third rate-increase this year would hurt the dollar and send gold higher, said Peter Hug, global trading director at Kitco Metals.

What's Hot On TheStreet

Volvo is no longer feeling gas engines: Ford's (F) - Get Report founder Henry Ford may be rolling over in his grave on this one. Volvo Cars said Wednesday that all of its cars will feature an electric engine from 2019, as it embraces of the new technology in the face of industry-wide adoption. The Swedish car maker will roll out a mix of all-electric, hybrid and mild hybrid cars from 2019 and will no longer offer vehicles that carry just a traditional internal combustion engine, TheStreet reports.

"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," said CEO Hakan Samuelsson. "Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1 million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it." Meanwhile, Nissan said Wednesday that its new all-electric Leaf will hit markets starting September 6.

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Microsoft on the clock: With speculation swirling of impending layoffs, TheStreet takes a look back at how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has reshaped the tech giant. Since taking over in 2014 from the energetic Steve Ballmer, Nadella has completely reorganized Microsoft by driving better internal collaboration and via the purchase of LinkedIn. The stock market has rewarded Nadella accordingly: Microsoft shares hit an all-time high in January after better than expected earnings.

Summer paychecks for tech interns are no joke: It doesn't beat working as a summer intern for Apple (AAPL) - Get Report. Apple pays an average of over $7,000 per-month in pay (plus paid overtime) for college interns, along with free housing near its San Francisco Bay-area headquarters, TheStreet reports.

Wait, we stand corrected. Being a college intern and logging into work for Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Reportand Facebook (FB) - Get Report isn't too shabby, either: you can pull in the equivalent of $96,000 a year.

Costco has been crushed: Shares of the membership club retailer have plunged 13% to $158.82 inside of a month, as investors have grown worried about a world where Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report owns organic food pioneer Whole Foods (WFM) . Costco's market cap has fallen a shade more than $9 billion, TheStreet points out. The more one looks at the grocery store landscape, the stock market has good reason to be concerned about Costco's future.

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