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An Indian saleswoman arranges gold bars at a jewelry store in Ahmedabad. Gold prices are on a six-year high at Rs. 34,811 for 10 grams. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Geo-political tensions between the U.S. and Iran, on top of a slowing global economy, have forced the investors to bet on safer assets driving gold prices to a 6-year high.

Demand for the precious metal gained momentum last week when the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it would cut interest rate in the future Federal Open Market Committee meets in the 2019.

The U.S. Fed's dovish stance weakened the dollar, making gold cheaper.

"Gold continued its unabated rally, with prices reaching a six-year high as a weaker dollar on rate cuts hopes, lingering trade worries and simmering US-Iran tensions boosted the appeal of the precious metal as a safe haven asset," a report by Kedia Advisors said June 25.

At the multi-commodity exchange (19.48 IST), gold contract expiry in August was trading Rs. 370 or 1.07 per cent higher at Rs 34,811 per 10 gram after touching an intra-day high of Rs 34,893.

Gold was trading a little over $1,430 per troy ounce in the futures market.

"Gold has emerged as clear winner scaling to multi-year highs, amid a flurry of geo-political events and likelihood of feeble global economy," said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, Sr. VP and Head of Research (Wealth), Centrum Broking Limited.

The precious metal is extending gains for the sixth day and is up 10 percent so far in June over mounting US-Iran geopolitical risks, analysts noted.

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