Gold prices rose more than 1 percent on Friday, climbing back above $1,210 an ounce, ahead of an expected lower opening among Wall Street stocks, as shorts covered ahead of the weekend.

Spot gold rose to a high of $1,211.10 an ounce and was bid at $1,209.10 an ounce at 1310 GMT, against $1,196.48 late in New York on Thursday.

(Reporting by Jan Harvey)