Gold futures extended their gains into the electronic trading session on Thursday. "News of the U.S. navy shooting down an Iranian drone always adds fuel to the market, but the underlying buying momentum after a break of the $1,425 area has propelled gold back to the next bit challenge" the $1,450 area, said Peter Spina, chief executive officer of GoldSeek.com. He also pointed to speculation in the market that a "large supranational organization" is acquiring all ounces of gold produced in North America, citing a tweet from Roy Sebag, founder of GoldMoney. Traders also saw comments from the New York Fed President John Williams as endorsing an interest-rate cut at the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this month. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index also declined on the back of the comments, providing support for dollar-denominated gold prices. August gold was at $1,448.40 an ounce in electronic trading. The contract had climbed by $4.80, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,428.10 on Comex. That was the highest finish for a most-active contract since mid-May 2013, according to FactSet data.