Gold and silver prices settled lower Tuesday, extending losing streaks to three sessions. The metals were pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar, which gained after the IMF cut its growth forecast for the world economy.
Gold for December delivery fell $10.70, or 0.6%, to $1,765.00 an ounce on the Comex in New York. Intraday prices ranged from $1,762.00 to $1,781.60.
"Comex gold prices ended the U.S. day session with moderate losses Tuesday, on more profit taking and technical consolidation on the charts. A stronger U.S. dollar index has also lent selling pressure to gold and silver early this week," writes Jim Wyckoff in the PM Kitco Metals Roundup.
"The gold and silver market bulls are still in firm near-term technical control as no chart damage has occurred recently and as prices hover just below their recent seven-month highs," Wyckoff added.
In other New York precious metals prices on Tuesday:
Silver for December delivery dipped 3.2 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $33.985 an ounce. Silver ranged from an intraday low of $33.57 to a high of $34.26.
Platinum for January delivery closed at $1,695.30 an ounce, dropping $3.50 or 0.2%. Prices traded between $1,687.80 and $1,714.50.
- Bucking the other precious metals, palladium for December delivery added $1.25, or 0.2%, to $658.20 an ounce. Palladium ranged from $654.10 to $666.35.
London Bullion Prices
London precious metals, aside from palladium, changed marginally. In comparing the latest London PM Fix prices:
- Gold advanced 50 cents $1,774.00 an ounce,
- Silver added 2.0 cents to $33.87 an ounce,
- Platinum gained $13.00, or 0.8%, to $1,695.00 an ounce, and
- Palladium climbed $8.00, or 1.2%, to $660.00 an ounce
U.S. Mint Bullion Coin Sales for October and YTD
Sales amounts for U.S. Mint bullion coins remained unchanged Tuesday. The following grid offers the latest daily, October and year-to-date bullion sales figures as provided by the U.S. Mint.
|Sales of US Mint American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Coins|
|Daily Sales||October Sales||YTD 2012|
|$50 American Eagle Gold Coins||0||7,500||418,000|
|$25 American Eagle Gold Coins||0||0||61,000|
|$10 American Eagle Gold Coins||0||0||62,000|
|$5 American Eagle Gold Coins||0||10,000||260,000|
|$50 American Buffalo Gold Coins||0||2,500||99,000|
|American Eagle Silver Coins||0||1,233,000||27,028,000|
|Sales of America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Bullion Coins|
|Daily/October Sales||All-Time Total|
|2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||17,900|
|2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||17,200|
|2012 Acadia National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||18,000|
|2012 Hawai’i Volcanoes 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||10,400|
|2011 Olympic National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||85,900|
|2011 Vicksburg National Military Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||39,500|
|2011 Chickasaw Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins||0||29,700|