Gold Hits New Record Above $1,800

The precious yellow metal soared again Wednesday, rising above $1,800 an ounce for the first time as investors fled stocks for safer assets. The Dow closed down more than 500 points, erasing Tuesday's gains.

Will Mideast Turmoil Hoist Gold to a New High?

Gold bugs love bad news, and civil war in Libya, Africa's third-largest oil producer, couldn't have come at a better time. After dropping a hundred bucks in January, February's upheavals have hoisted gold back within striking distance of nominal all-time highs.