CHICAGO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Gold on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar weakened for the second day in a row.
The most active gold contract for February delivery rose 10.5 U.S. dollars, or 0.56 percent, to close at 1,893.4 dollars per ounce.
Economic data released on Wednesday were mixed. U.S. trade deficit in goods climbed 5.5 percent to 84.8 billion U.S. dollars in November, representing a record high for the measure.
The Chicago purchasing managers index increased to 59.5 in December from 58.2 in November.
The National Association of Realtors reported that its index of pending sales fell 2.6 percent to 125.7 in November, the third monthly decline in this measure.
Silver for March delivery rose 35.6 cents, or 1.36 percent, to close at 26.573 dollars per ounce. Platinum for April delivery rose 15.9 dollars, or 1.5 percent, to close at 1,078.5 dollars per ounce.