Gold Rises on U.S. Budget Standoff, Posts Weekly Loss

by Christopher Freeburn | December 21, 2012 4:23 pm

PreciousMetalsRecap Gold Rises on U.S. Budget Standoff, Posts Weekly Loss[1]Gold rose in Friday trading as negotiations between the White House and Congressional Republicans over the U.S. budget appeared to be at a standstill, with Congress about to break for the holidays. Despite today’s gain, the metal still lost more than 2% for the week.

Gold futures for February delivery rose 0.9% to $1,660.10 on Friday, according to CME Group[2]. Gold traded as high as $1,660.50-and as low as $1,636.30. Gold bullion closed in London at $1,659, according to BullionVault[3].

Silver futures for February delivery increased 1.8% to $30.18 per ounce. Friday’s high for silver was $30.26, while the low was $29.75.

Gold and silver funds advanced in Friday trading.

Gold and silver mining ETFs also moved mostly higher during the day.

Gold mining shares mostly gained, with NovaGold Resources (NYSE:NG[10]) rising the highest.

Silver mining shares were mixed on Friday.

As of this writing, Christopher Freeburn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Adrian Ash of BullionVault[23] contributed to this report.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PreciousMetalsRecap.gif
  2. CME Group: http://www.cmegroup.com
  3. BullionVault: http://www.bullionvault.com
  4. GLD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GLD
  5. IAU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IAU
  6. SLV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SLV
  7. GDX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GDX
  8. GDXJ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GDXJ
  9. SIL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SIL
  10. NG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NG
  11. AEM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AEM
  12. ABX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ABX
  13. EGO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EGO
  14. GG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GG
  15. KGC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KGC
  16. NEM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NEM
  17. AUY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AUY
  18. CDE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CDE
  19. HL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HL
  20. PAAS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PAAS
  21. SLW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SLW
  22. SSRI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SSRI
  23. BullionVault: http://www.bullionvault.com/

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