Gold futures climbed in their start to the new trading week on Monday, advancing for the first time in three sessions and after closing lower last week following six weeks of gains.
Gold for August delivery rose $1.90, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,329.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Gold prices ended the U.S. day session near unchanged in subdued trading Monday, amid a lack of major, markets-moving news," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report. "Some slight selling pressure in overnight gave way to short covering in the futures market and bargain hunting in the cash market when the U.S. day session began."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,323.50 to a high of $1,336. They fell 2.3% last week.
Silver for September delivery lost 9 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $20.075 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $19.77 and $20.30. They rose 0.3% last week for their seventh consecutive weekly increase.
In PGM futures on Monday:
October platinum added $7.20, or 0.7%, to $1,101.60 an ounce, ranging from $1,082.20 to $1,104.20.
- Palladium for September delivery dipped $1.35, or 0.2%, to $646.05 an ounce, trading between $632.55 and $649.45.
The two metals split last week with platinum falling 0.6% and palladium soaring 4.9%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold added $7.70, or 0.6%, to $1,334.70 an ounce.
- Silver fell 42 cents, or 2.1%, to $19.72 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week in London bullion, gold declined 2.1% while prices for the other metals rose — 2.1% for silver, 0.9% for platinum and 6.4% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
United States Mint bullion sales advanced by:
- 4,500 ounces in American Eagle gold coins,
- 2,000 ounces in American Buffalo gold coins, and
- 300,000 ounces in American Eagle silver coins.
Earlier on Monday, the Mint ended weekly ordering limits for American Silver Eagles. Their sales did not advance on the day as of 3:24 p.m. ET.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of bullion coins sold during varying periods of time.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Monday Sales||Last Week||June Sales||July Sales||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||3,000||8,000||62,500||18,500||424,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||1,000||3,000||2,000||48,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||2,000||0||10,000||6,000||92,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||10,000||5,000||70,000||20,000||525,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||2,000||1,500||14,500||6,500||119,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||300,000||445,000||2,837,500||995,000||27,245,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||34,200||0||34,200|
Update (4:24 pm): This article was edited to reflect updated U.S. Mint bullion sales.