BUZZ-Gold stocks track bullion higher as Omicron vaccine fears grow

Gold stocks rise premarket, tracking a rise in bullion


** Gold stocks rise premarket, tracking a rise in bullion, as investors look for a safe haven metal following growing concerns around the Omicron COVID-19 variant 

** Moderna's chief executive cautioned that COVID-19 shots were unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant, triggering a global selloff

** Spot gold  rose ~0.5% to $1,793.35/ounce by 1326 GMT, while U.S. gold futures advanced 0.5% to $1,794.6 

** U.S.-listed shares of South African miners Anglogold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold,  rose between 2% and 4.9%

** Miner Newmont Corp up 0.3%, while U.S.-listed shares of Barrick Gold Corp gains 0.5%

** U.S. shares of Canadian miners Yamana Gold Inc , Kinross Gold Corp and Alamos Gold Inc  add 0.3% to 1.2%

(Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar) ((;))

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