CHICAGO, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange gained slightly Monday on better U.S. job data.
The most active gold contract for April delivery rose 1.1 dollars, or 0.07 percent, to settle at 1,578 dollars per ounce.
This is the highest level of gold prices since Feb. 28.
Better-than-expected U.S. job data released on March 8 continued to prop up gold.
Dollar's going weak also supported gold. The dollar index, a gauge of the greenback against a basket of major currencies traded at 82.707 Monday, up from around 82.9 last Friday.
Gold prices traded within a narrow range and ended last week with a slight 0.3-percent gain. Some market analysts hold it a sign that gold prices have neared its bottom.
Silver for May delivery fell 9.5 cents, or 0.33 percent, to close at 28.853 dollars per ounce. Platinum for April delivery fell 2.7 dollars, or 0.17 percent, to close at 1,601.2 dollars per ounce.