Technical buying, and a "risk on" day in stocks and the euro, helped push gold and silver higher Friday.
Also in the background is an improving view of China's economy. Chinese manufacturing data Thursday showed expansion for the first time in 13 months.
The HSBC preliminary Chinese purchasing managers' index for November was at 50.4, up from October's 49.5.
Earlier Friday, German business confidence was reported to be improving, after six months of declines.