December 24, 2018 / 2:10 AM / a month ago

BUZZ-Australian shares of Alacer Gold hit 4-mth high as gold prices gain

** Australia-listed shares of gold miner Alacer Gold Corp rise as much as 4.5 pct to A$2.550, their highest since Aug. 27

** Gold prices climb as investors turn to the safe haven asset amid worries about a partial U.S. government shutdown and slowing global economic growth

** Stock set to gain for a third straight session

** More than 1.4 mln shares change hands, compared with the 30-day average volume of 423,904 shares

** Stock had risen about 8 pct this year, as of last close

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