The spot gold price was about US$8 an ounce higher than this time yesterday and producer St Barbara (AU:SBM) rose more than 5.5% as it updated dividend details and in spite of its Simberi operations in Papua New Guinea being affected this week by a work stoppage.
Fellow gold miner Newcrest Mining (AU:NCM) shares were down more than 1% however in the wake of a tailings dam failure at its flagship Cadia operations this week.
US-listed gold miner Newmont Mining (US:NEM) provided a bright spot on the S&P500 with a gain of 0.63% yesterday.
It was a positive day on the S&P/TSX Composite Index with the metals and mining sector up 1.48%.
Torex Gold Resources (CN:TXG) and SSR Mining (CN:SSRM) were the key movers, up 8.61% and 5.53% respectively.
Teck Resources (CN:TECK.B) made the biggest gain among the TSX-listed diversified miners, up 2.7%.
Finally, London's FTSE100 metals and mining sector closed up 0.59%, helped by copper miner Antofagasta (LN:ANTO) gaining more than 3% after announcing a bumper dividend.