In afternoon trading on Thursday gold and European shares with the dollar went in different directions. Gold slightly rose against the background of today's meeting of the European Central Bank, as well as its opponents were down in price. The ECB as markets are expected, will leave the rate unchanged. However, the regulator is obliged to deal with new problems that could derail efforts on resuming growth and inflation. Politicians do not still have a clear plan for future action, it eventually allowed the gold to rise in price. Analysts currently called the gold as a safe asset.

"In the event that the ECB will take a course to policy easing, we expect support for gold. Despite the fact the dollar may also become stronger", - believe in INTL FCStone. By mid-day the precious metal was trading around $1 332.70 per troy ounce. Gold futures from the US rose to $3.1 an ounce to $1 322.40.

Silver was ledding trading at $19.47 an ounce against yesterday's price of $19.39. Platinum was trading near $1 090.40 against the backdrop of yesterday's $1 080.00. Paladiy reached the level of $669.80.