Investors Rush to Gold

Prices for the metal -- and mining stocks -- are moving higher as investors look for protection from financial crises

Gold moved above $700 an ounce on Sept. 6 for the first time in 16 months as investors bought up the metal for both its practical uses and its symbolic importance in uncertain times. In New York, December gold futures rose $13.90, or 2%, to close at $704.60.

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