Gold benefited from a weaker U.S. dollar rising slightly in Monday trading, and miners had a broadly positive day too.
Gold fell in Thursday trading after two reports suggested a stronger U.S. economy, possibly signaling an earlier end to Fed stimulus efforts.
A stronger U.S. dollar at the start of the Fed's Federal Open Markets Committee meeting sent gold modestly lower in Tuesday trading.
Gold inched higher in Friday trading on lowered consumer confidence this month, posting an almost 3% rise for the week.
After rising sharply the day before, gold fell back modestly in Wednesday trading as investors took profits.
A report from the Labor Department showing lower-than-anticipated job growth in September sent gold higher in Tuesday trading.
Profit-taking after yesterday's big gain sent gold lower in Friday trading, but the metal still gained 3.7% for the week.
Gold rose modestly in Wednesday trading as talks between Democrats and Republicans to raise the debt ceiling continued ahead of the Treasury's deadline.
Gold climbed modestly in Monday trading as lawmakers in Washington continued talks over a possible deal to extend the U.S. debt ceiling.
A proposal to temporarily increase the U.S. debt ceiling and extend time for budget talks sent gold lower in Thursday trading as the U.S. dollar gained.