Spot gold gained 0.2% to $1,503.20 an ounce at 11:51 a.m. in London. The metal has risen 4.3% this week, which would be the largest increase since April 2016. Spot silver rose 0.5% to $17.0122 an ounce. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index is headed for its first weekly decline in four weeks.
Further signs of a global economic slowdown were evident on Friday as the U.K. unexpectedly registered its first economic contraction since the aftermath of the financial crisis. European shares fell with U.S. equity futures, while Asian stocks were mixed as positive sentiment from a strong day on Wall Street was offset by resurfacing trade tensions. Investors are continuing to flood into exchange-traded funds backed by gold, with holdings rising for a ninth day Thursday to the highest since March 2013. Silver ETFs have also seen large inflows and are near the highest on record. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sees the growth in ETF investment as a key factor behind the bank’s forecast that gold will climb to $1,600 over the next six months.