June 6, 2017 / 11:01 AM / 4 months ago

BUZZ-Gold stocks rise after spike in safe-haven demand

** U.S.-listed shares of gold companies rise as safe-haven demand spikes amid political uncertainties around the globe

** Risk appetite sours amid tensions in the Middle East and ahead of a June 8 election in the UK and the testimony on Thursday of former U.S. FBI chief James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump

** Spot gold hits near three-week high of $1291.68/ounce; U.S. spot futures up 0.84 pct at $1293.4/ounce at 1032 GMT (6:32 a.m. ET)

** U.S. stock index futures edge down, treasuries in demand

** U.S. shares of Barrick Gold Corp, world’s biggest bullion producer, up 2.2 pct in premarket trade

** DRD Gold up 5.4 pct, Sibanye Gold, AngloGold Ashanti gain more than 2 pct

** Other metals: Spot silver up 0.94 pct at $17.67 an ounce, Palladium up 0.8 pct at $847.25 an ounce, Platinum up 1.25 pct at $962.74 an ounce

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