Gold and silver futures advanced to kick off the new trading week on Monday.
Gold for December delivery added $4.30, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,347.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"The market has found short-term equilibrium, with strong bullish bias keeping prices elevated but insufficient impetus as yet to push us to new highs," Bloomberg News quoted Tai Wong, the director of commodity products trading at BMO Capital Markets Corp. in New York. "The next impetus driver should be Yellen at Jackson Hole."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,340.90 to a high of $1,349.10. They edged lower by less than 0.1% last week.
Meanwhile, silver for September delivery climbed 14.4 cents, or 0.7%, to settle at $19.847 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $19.70 and $20.05. They declined last week by 0.6%.
In other precious metals trading on Monday:
October platinum shed $13, or 1.2%, to $1,116.30 an ounce, ranging from $1,115.10 to $1,135.80.
- Palladium for September delivery rose $1.45, or 0.2%, to $692.25 an ounce, trading between $682.70 and $696.
Last week, platinum declined 1.9% and palladium fell 0.8%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold declined $12.80, or 1%, to $1,339.40 an ounce.
- Silver rose 3 cents, or 0.2%, to $19.90 an ounce.
Last week in London bullion prices, gold gained 0.9%, platinum was unchanged, silver fell 1.7% and palladium lost 0.7%.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
United States Mint bullion sales advanced on Monday by 56,000 ounces in silver coins. 2016 American Silver Eagles topped the milestone of 28 million coins. Their sales had been on a record annual pace until August. Their total now at 28,000,500 coins is 5.1% lower than through the same time in record-setting 2015.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of bullion coins sold during varying periods Products with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Monday Sales||Last Week||July Sales||Aug Sales||2016 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coins||0||0||19,000||0||19,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||21,500||30,000||26,500||462,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||1,000||2,000||1,000||49,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||0||0||10,000||0||96,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||0||25,000||50,000||30,000||585,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||3,500||10,000||3,500||126,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||55,000||250,000||1,370,000||380,000||28,000,500|
|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||200||0||0||200||34,400|