Gold prices surged Thursday to the highest in more than two months, with the metal’s haven status in full force and attracting investment interest amid a sharp retreat for U.S. stocks that has infected foreign indexes. Gold gained as global stock markets suffered from broad declines Thursday. Major U.S. stock indexes headed lower Thursday, as well, failing to recover from Wednesday’s plunge. The dollar, a key driver for the precious metals, weakened against its currency rivals. Another haven market, however, U.S. Treasury bonds — chief among culprits influencing rickety stock trading of late — drew their own fresh demand Thursday, halting for now the rise in yields that spooked stock investors. Bond prices and yields move inversely.  December gold jumped $34.20, or 2.9%, to settle at $1,227.60 an ounce—the highest finish since Aug. 1 for a most-active contract, according to FactSet data. December silver rose 28 cents, or nearly 2%, to $14.606 an ounce. (source: marketwatch)