Gold Prices Rise as Clashes Erupt in Ukraine


Gold prices surged Friday, as tensions mounted in Ukraine.

Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce.

Early Friday, the Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

Gold prices surged following reports of clashes. Prices had dropped earlier in the day after the U.S. government said employers added 288,000 workers to their payrolls in April, the most in two years and more than economists had forecast.

Traders often buy gold in anticipation of a crisis. In March, gold prices reached their highest level this year, as tensions in Ukraine began to rise.

In other trading, wheat rose 9 cents to $7.16 a bushel, while soybeans rose 10 cents to $14.71 a bushel.

Corn fell 8 cents to $5 a bushel.


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