Dec 26 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged lower on Friday on rising risk appetite buoyed by optimism over an interim U.S.-China trade deal, but bullion was still set to register its best week in more than four months. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,509.56 per ounce by 0136 GMT. Prices peaked to their highest since Nov. 4 at $1,512.30 in the previous session. U.S. gold futures were unchanged at $1,514.40 per ounce. * For the week, spot gold was on track to post a jump of 2%, its best weekly rise since early August. * Asian shares climbed to 18-month peaks supported by positive trade ties between U.S. and China on the soon to be signed interim trade deal. * China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that Beijing and Washington were still in the process of completing necessary procedures while maintaining close communication to sign the deal. * Gold has risen nearly 18% so far this year owing to a 17-month long tariff war. * Weighing on gold, data on Friday showed profits at China's industrial firms in November grew 5.4% from a year earlier, while data on Thursday showed U.S. jobless claims fell last week indicating ongoing labour market strength. * The Nasdaq crossed the 9,000-point mark for the first time on Thursday as all three major Wall Street indexes posted record closing highs. * Zambia plans to make copper mining companies account for the gold they produce as it seeks to boost revenue from its mineral resources, a senior ministry of mines official said on Thursday. * The world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust , said its holdings rose 0.4% to 892.37 tonnes on Thursday from 888.86 tonnes on Tuesday. * Elsewhere, silver was flat at $17.88 per ounce, while platinum rose 0.2% to $949.19. Both the metals were poised to register their best week since late August. * Palladium edged 0.1% lower to $1,899.90 per ounce. (Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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