Gold futures contracts soared higher during the Asian trade session on Wednesday. The headline spot futures contract jumped almost two percent to trade above $1,600 per ounce after Iran launched missile attacks against U.S. military bases in the region.
This attack is in response for the United States eliminating a top Iranian General at the end of last week. The missiles were launched against bases in Iraq and, so far, no injuries or casualties have been reported.
As of 1 am GMT, the spot gold futures contract was up 1.9 percent to trade at $1,603.21 per ounce. Earlier in the session the spot contract hit its highest price level since March 2013 at $1,610.90 per ounce.
U.S. gold futures, for front end delivery, also spiked higher. This contract gained two percent to trade at $1,605.80 per ounce.
Looking at other metals futures contracts, palladium is at a new all-time high at $2,056.01 an ounce as there is a supply shortage. This contract last traded down 0.6 percent at $2,040.57.
The silver futures contract jumped 1.2 percent to trade at $18.60 per ounce. This is its highest price point since September. The platinum futures contract added 0.3 percent to trade at $973.95.
Gold Traders watch Iranian Missile Attacks as Tensions continue to Mount Higher
The yellow metal is considered a safe haven asset. Worried traders flew to safe havens after the Iranian missile attack on U.S. led forces in Iraq early Wednesday morning. This response comes after the funeral for a top Iranian general who was killed, last week, in a U.S, drone attack. Tensions in the Middle East have spiked higher.
The United States has since confirmed the attack and President Donald Trump had been briefed. The situation is being monitored.
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