** Eldorado Gold up 5.7 pct at $7.68, Hecla Mining Co up 3.7 pct at $3.39, Aurico Gold Inc up 6.7 pct at $4.13, Coeur Mining Inc up 3.9 pct at $8.96, Endeavour Silver Corp up 5.5 pct at $6.01
** Gold prices climbed more than 1 pct on Thursday on heightened geopolitical tensions and news of more U.S. sanctions against Russia
** Spot gold up 1.5 pct at $1,316.65 an ounce. U.S. gold futures for August delivery were up $16.40 an ounce at $1,316.20
** Spot silver rose 2 percent at $21.04 an ounce.