Gold prices on Friday held steady near a one-month high hit in the previous session, but were on track for their best year since 2010, mainly driven by a softer dollar and political uncertainties around the globe.FUNDAMENTALS
* Spot gold
* Gold benefited from a technically-driven momentum after closing above its 100-day moving average on Wednesday for the first time since late November, analysts said.
* Spot gold has gained over 1.5 percent so far this week in what could be its third straight weekly rise, and more than 12 percent so far this year.
* The yellow metal is also on track for its best month since August, having risen 1.5 percent.
* Spot prices on Thursday rose for a ninth straight session, not including the Christmas holiday. That is the longest string of daily gains since July 2011.
* U.S. gold futures
* The dollar index is down more than 9 percent so far this year, set for its biggest annual loss since 2003. That has helped lift gold nearly 5 percent from a near five-month low of $1,235.92 struck in mid-December. [.DXY]
* Many investors predicted the dollar would get a boost from U.S. tax cuts, tighter central bank monetary policy and strong growth rates in 2017. Instead, the currency has only weakened.
* Meanwhile, equity markets have feasted on a global economic growth recovery and accommodative monetary policy in 2017, which has, in turn, lifted company earnings and commodity prices. [MKTS/GLOB]
* Net gold imports by major consumer China via main conduit Hong Kong fell 23.6 percent in November from the previous month, data showed.
* Spot silver
* Silver has risen 5.7 percent so far this year.
* Spot platinum
* Palladium has risen nearly 57 percent so far this year, making it the best performing precious metal, and also heading for its best year since 2010.
* Palladium has risen due to strong demand from autocatalyst makers amid production shortages. Analysts expect that about 80 percent of global palladium demand will come from autocatalysts for gasoline-powered cars, which many now prefer over diesel-fuelled vehicles.
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