Gold and silver futures logged their third straight session gains, each closing at new 3-1/2 month highs.
Gold for April delivery edged up 50 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,258.80 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close is the highest since Nov. 10 when prices ended at $1,266.40 an ounce.
"After some mild overnight weakness, traders stepped in to buy the dip in the gold market," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report. "The near-term technical postures for all the precious metals markets continue to get more bullish, and that’s inviting more chart-based buying interest in the precious metals."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,254.10 to a high of $1,264.90. They climbed 1.6% last week for their fourth straight weekly increase.
Meanwhile, silver for May delivery added 1.1 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $18.417 an ounce. The settlement is the strongest since Nov. 10 when the precious metal closed at $18.737 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $18.35 and $18.84. They moved up 1.7% last week, scoring their eighth straight weekly win.
In other precious metals action:
April platinum rose $10.20, or 1%, to $1,038.90 an ounce, ranging from $1,027.70 to $1,047.80.
- Palladium for June delivery advanced $12.05, or 1.6%, to $785 an ounce, trading between $769.05 and $789.70.
Last week, platinum jumped 2.3% and palladium slipped 0.8%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London bullion prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold added $3.55, or 0.3%, to $1,257.20 an ounce.
- Silver added 7 cents, or 0.4%, to $18.34 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week in London metal prices, palladium declined 0.9% while the others logged gains of 0.9% for gold, 1.5% for silver, and 1.7% for platinum.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2017
U.S. Mint bullion sales posted increases of 2,000 ounces in gold coins and 326,000 ounces in silver coins.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods. Products with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Monday Sales||Last Week||Jan Sales||Feb Sales||2017 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||20,000||0||20,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||500||3,000||86,500||20,000||106,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||19,000||5,000||24,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||36,000||2,000||38,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||10,000||0||125,000||25,000||150,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||500||2,500||32,000||15,000||47,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||325,000||155,000||5,127,500||1,090,000||6,217,500|
|2017 Effigy Mounds 5 Oz Silver Coin||200||600||0||19,500||19,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coin*||–|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||100||0||0|
|2016 Theodore Roosevelt 5 Oz Silver Coin*||–||800||–|
|2016 Fort Moultrie 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0|