NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Spot gold prices are firming up even as the broader U.S. stock indices continue to exhibit strength throughout Friday's trading session.

Spot gold prices were gaining $10.90, or 0.9%, to $1,209.40 an ounce Friday afternoon.

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New York spot silver prices were up 13 cents, or 0.7%, to $18.09 an ounce.

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New York spot platinum prices, meanwhile, were rising $11, or 0.7%, to $1,529 an ounce, while its sister metal was gaining ground.

New York spot palladium prices were adding $10, or 2.2%, to $456 an ounce.

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A handful of mining stocks were trading in the red Friday afternoon. Mining stocks offer another form of exposure to precious metals.

Stillwater Mining Company

(SWC)

was rising 3.8% to $12.41, while

Silver Wheaton

(SLW)

was adding 3% to $19.33.

Hecla Mining

(HL) - Get Report

was up 2.4% at $5.05 and

Barrick Gold

(ABX)

was rising 2.3% to $43.56.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York.

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