(Kitco News) – Gold prices ended the U.S. day session moderately higher but down from the intra-day high Thursday. The precious metal was boosted by some positively perceived economic data coming out of China. However, a firmer U.S. dollar index worked to pare the better early gains in gold. June gold was last up $7.30 at $1,295.50 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted up $3.50 at $1,296.00. July Comex silver last traded up $0.182 at $19.52 an ounce.