(Bloomberg) -- Gold advanced as prices near the lowest level in three weeks encouraged purchases. Silver jumped the most in a week and palladium rose to the highest since Dec. 12.

Gold for immediate delivery added as much as 1.3% to $1,189.08 an ounce and traded at $1,187.24 by 4:19 p.m. in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The metal dropped to $1,170.76 on Dec. 22, the lowest since Dec. 1.

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