NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As European debt-contagion fears continued to spread, and protestors descended on the streets of Athens, Greece following the approval of a crucial austerity bill, spot gold prices got a nice lift.

Spot gold prices were adding $24.10, or about 2.1%, to $1,199.70 an ounce Thursday afternoon.
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New York spot silver prices were trading sideways at $17.51 an ounce.
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New York spot platinum prices, meanwhile, were up $13, or 0.8%, to $1659 an ounce, while its sister metal was gaining traction.

New York spot palladium prices were advancing $9, or 1.8%, at $511 an ounce.

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A handful of mining stocks have been trading in positive territory Thursday afternoon. Mining stocks offer another form of exposure to precious metals.

Barrick Gold ( ABX) stock has risen 2.3% to $43.88, and Silvercorp. Metals ( SVM - Get Report) stock is up 1.3% to $7.87.

Newmont Mining ( NEM - Get Report) stock has advanced by 3.3% to $55.33.

Meanwhile, Goldcorp. ( GG) stock has added 2.2% to $43.60.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York


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