PRECIOUS METALS: Gold Ends at Six-Month High on Spain Hopes

–Comex December gold up 0.4% to $1,778 an ounce

–Reports that Spain is drafting economic reforms necessary to gain bailout aid boost confidence

–Gold futures set to jump well over $1,825 an ounce by the end of 2012 – TD Securities

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NEW YORK–Gold futures ended Friday at their highest level in more than six months on a stronger euro and speculation that Spain …

PRECIOUS METALS: Platinum Fall Continues as African Strike Ends

–Nymex October platinum falls 1% to $1,623.90 a troy ounce

–Platinum continues pullback after South Africa strike resolution

–Gold near steady this week after QE rally

–Comex December gold fell $1.50, or 0.1%, to $1,770.20 a troy ounce

NEW YORK–Platinum futures fell for the third time in four sessions on Thursday on more signs that labor unrest in top producer South Africa was subsiding.

Lonmin PLC (LMI.LN, LNMIY) said Thursday that workers were returning to its …

PRECIOUS METALS: Platinum Falls to 1-Week Low on Strike Deal

–Nymex October platinum falls $36.30, or 2.2%, to settle at $1,636.30 a troy ounce

–Comex December gold settles up 60 cents at $1,771.20 a troy ounce

–Striking workers at Lonmin PLC mine say they plan to return to work Thursday

–Investors warily watch Spain, euro-zone developments

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NEW YORK–Platinum futures fell by more than 2% Tuesday, after the announcement that striking workers at a South African mine owned by Lonmin PLC (LMI.LN) had accepted a wage increase and will return to work.

The news was seen limiting the likelihood of a prolonged labor dispute in the top platinum-producing …