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Silver prices, miners surge as retail buyers pile in

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Silver prices leapt to a five-month high on Monday and silver miners listed in Australia surged at the open of trade after social media calls to buy the metal and emulate the frenzy that has driven GameStop shares up 1500% in two weeks.

Spot silver rose as much as 6.4% to $28.72 an ounce, the highest since early September. Shares in a handful of mining firms such as Argent Minerals, Boab Metals and Investigator Resources leapt more than 15%. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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