LONDON : Gold edged up on Friday, on course to squeeze out a gain for Nov, but progress was capped as the market took its cue from hesitant sentiment in stock markets on mixed signals around talks to avoid a US budget crisis. Spot gold gained 0.30 percent to $1,729.91 an ounce, headed for a 1.3 percent weekly drop but a 0.6 percent monthly gain. U.S. gold GCcv1 was up 0.19 percent at $1,730.50. While bullion recovered from a 1½-week low of $1,705.64 an ounce hit on Wednesday in a technically-driven sell-off, upside resistance held at $1,750 an ounce.