-term halt in gold lending. This may help keep gold prices on the defensive," Steel said.Among platinum group metals, palladium was up 1.6% at USD 681.75, posting its second week of sharp gains. Platinum rose
-- the number of silver ounces needed to buy an ounce of gold -- steadied at around 52.5 on Tuesday, off last week's high of 54.6.Spot platinum was down 0.1% at USD 1,515.24 an ounce, while spot palladium
, and are set to end the month 25 percent lower, and the quarter down 10 percent.Spot platinum was down 0.6 percent at $1,507.49 an ounce, while spot palladium was down 0.9 percent at $610.25 an ounce.
of prices. Silver was up 6.8% at USD 32.73 an ounceSpot platinum was up 1.7% at USD 1,580.74 an ounce, while spot palladium was up 2.8% at USD 644.97 an ounce.Gold's premium over platinum stood at nearly USD
. Among other precious metals, silver was flat at USD 41.82 an ounce, spot platinum was up 0.4% at USD 1,864.24 an ounce, and spot palladium was up 0.3% at USD 759.22 an ounce.Palladium has been the big
of Fed policy direction. At the same meeting a year ago, Bernanke announced a USD 600 billion bond-buying program that sparked a rally in gold.Platinum rose 1.3% to USD 1,894.74 an ounce, having earlier