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Gold Futures Top $1,500 on Dollar Slide, Inflation; Silver Gains

Gold futures rose to a record for the ninth time this month as a weakening dollar boosted investment demand for the precious metal as an alternative asset. Silver topped $45 an ounce for the first time since 1980.

Gold reached $1,506.50 an ounce in New York as the dollar slipped as much as 1 percent against a basket of six major currencies to trade at a 16-month low. Gold has risen 32 percent in the past year as the dollar fell 8.2 percent. Earlier this week, Standard & Poor’s revised its long-term outlook for U.S. debt to negative from stable.