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Gold Rallies to Record as Economic Concerns Spur Investor Demand

Gold futures rose to a record $1,675.90 an ounce on signs that the U.S. economy is faltering amid debt woes, boosting demand for the precious metal as an investment haven.

Moody’s Investors Service said the U.S. credit rating may be downgraded and yesterday placed the country on negative outlook after President Barack Obama signed into law a plan to lift the nation’s borrowing limit and cut spending. Gold priced in euros also reached a record on concern that slowing growth will hamper efforts by Spain and Italy to trim debt.