Gold brings hedging headaches

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With gold prices sky-rocketing - rising to 25-year highs of more than $700 an ounce in mid-May from $435/ounce at the end of 2004 - Australia stands to benefit immensely from the gold price rally. Analysts expect the run-up in prices to continue for the rest of 2006, with some forecasting that prices will exceed $850/ounce by the end of the year.

Given that prices have surged by more than 150% in the past five years, one could well imagine Australian gold miners rushing to hedge themselves

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