Gold futures rose Wednesday to settle at their highest since mid-September. Prices got a boost after the U.S. consumer-price index reading revealed a climb of 0.4% for September, compared with expectations for a 0.3% increase. Gold benefitted from its role a hedge for inflation, analysts said. Weakness in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields following the inflation data also helped support prices for the precious metal. December gold
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climbed by $35.40, or 2%, to settle at $1,794.70 an ounce. Prices for the most-active contract marked their higher finish since Sept. 15, FactSet data show.

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