Citigroup Inc. raised its gold and silver forecasts for 2012 and 2013, citing expectations of increased resilience in both metals amid a "high probability" that the macroeconomic and financial factors that have propelled prices over the past three years will continue for the next 12-18 months.
The bank now sees gold averaging at $1,950 a troy ounce in 2012, compared with $1,650/oz previously forecast, and sees a 2013 gold price of $1,745/oz, up from $1,500/oz.
Citi expects an average silver price of $32.90/oz in 2012, compared with its earlier forecast of $26/oz, and a 2013 price of $27/oz, up from $22.40/oz.
"Increased global risk, U.S. dollar weakness, growing inflationary fears, the U.S. debt downgrade and continuing sovereign debt risks in Europe have increased investor appetite for gold," Citi's Jon H Bergtheil said in a research note.
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