Gold and silver futures moved within a narrow range in their start to the new trading week on Monday, both logging modest gains.
Gold for December delivery rose $1.10, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,256.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"It’s mainly dollar weakness that’s putting a little bit of a bid under the market," Reuters quoted Phillips Streible, senior commodities broker for RJO Futures in Chicago.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,251.10 to a high of $1,258.20. They climbed 0.3% last week, their first weekly gain in three weeks.
Snapping a four-session losing streak, silver for December turned up 3.3 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $17.474 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $17.36 and $17.52. They advanced last week by 0.4%.
In other precious metals futures on Monday:
January platinum shed $3.30, or 0.4%, to $936.20 an ounce, ranging from $929.40 and $944.80.
- Palladium for December delivery fell $10.50, or 1.6%, to $637.80 an ounce, trading between $634.55 and $655.25.
The two metals last week posted declined of 2.4% and 2.9%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London bullion prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold rose $3.05, or 0.2%, to $1,254.80 an ounce.
- Silver dipped 7 cents, or 0.4%, to $17.40 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week, London silver prices gained 0.8% while the other metal prices registered losses of 0.6% for gold, 4.3% for platinum and 4.7% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
In a rarity for any given day, nearly every U.S. Mint bullion product scored gains on Monday. Combined advances included 12,500 ounces in gold coins and 679,000 ounces in silver coins.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion coins 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||Sept Sales||Oct Sales||2016 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coins*||–||20,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||8,500||15,500||79,000||66,000||631,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||1,000||3,000||5,000||5,000||61,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||2,000||2,000||16,000||10,000||126,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||10,000||25,000||85,000||50,000||750,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||2,000||4,000||17,500||14,000||163,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||675,000||695,000||1,675,000||2,775,000||33,350,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||200||0||36,300|
|2016 Theodore Roosevelt 5 Oz Silver Coins||800||800||2,000||2,600||32,100|