** Randgold Resources and Fresnillo top the FTSE 100 in early trade, up 6.8 pct and 5.4 pct respectively.
** Top two most traded stocks at around 40 pct average daily volumes in first 30 minutes of trade, vs 8 pct for the index as a whole.
** Traders cite Wednesday’s dovish Fed minutes, in which officials expressed concern about the strengthening dollar, as being more supportive for the gold price.
** Spot gold price poised for 4th straight day of gains & climbed to highest level in 2 weeks early on Thursday.
** Biggest one-day rise for Randgold since September 2013, with the stock also buoyed by Numis raising to “buy” from “add” (RM: firstname.lastname@example.org)