Silver futures gained more than 2% Friday, heading for their biggest monthly gain in 22 years as inflation worries and hopes for an economic recovery boosted the metal. Gold rose to three-month highs as the dollar slipped.
Silver for July delivery, the most active contract, gained 33 cents, or 2.2%, to $15.49 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The front-month June contract stood at $15.42 an ounce.
Meanwhile, gold for June delivery rose $13.40, or 1.4%, to $974.90 an ounce.
Silver gained 25% this month, the biggest since April 1987.
In exchange-traded fund, iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) has gained 33% this year, following their 40% decline in the second half of last year.
SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) , meanwhile, has risen 9% this year. It fell 6% in the second half of last year.
In other metals Friday, July copper gained 4.55 cents, or 2.1%, to $2.1825 a pound. The June palladium contract rose $2.20, or 1%, to $234.20 an ounce, while July platinum rose $30.10, or 2.6%, to $1,180 an ounce.