Gold declined for a third straight session Tuesday as risk appetite grew, U.S. inflation eased, and the U.S. dollar firmed.
Gold for December delivery shed $2.60, or 0.2%, to end at $1,296.70 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Today’s CPI number shows that inflation is not rising and you don’t need to hedge against inflation," Blake Robben, a senior market strategist at Archer Financial Services in Chicago, said in a telephone interview according to Bloomberg News. "Good economic data will give Fed the confidence to raise interest rates."
The U.S. Labor Department’s monthly CPI report showed that consumer prices rose 0.1% in July after climbing 0.3% in June, and that annual US inflation rate picked up 2% compared to 2.1% previously. Still, American consumers felt the pain of higher food prices with those jumping 0.4% — the fifth month this year in which prices have advanced by at least that level. On average, they are now 2.5% higher than a year ago.
"Gold obviously didn’t like the U.S. CPI and housing data, which boosted the dollar," Reuters quoted Saxo Bank senior manager Ole Hansen.
Gold prices on Tuesday ranged from an intraday low of $1,294.70 to a high of $1,303.70. Gold last finished higher on Thursday when it scored its third straight daily gain.
In other precious metals futures on Tuesday:
Silver for September delivery declined 22 cents, or 1.1%, to $19.41 an ounce, trading between $19.37 and $19.70. Silver prices in the previous session rose 11 cents.
October platinum turned down $6.70, or 0.5%, to $1,439.50 an ounce, ranging from $1,437.70 to $1,452.
- Palladium for September delivery fell $14.10, or 1.6%, to $880.80 an ounce, trading between $876.60 and $897.30.
London Fix Precious Metals
Earlier fixed London precious metals were mixed. When contrasting London bullion Fix prices and the LBMA Silver Price from Monday PM to Tuesday PM:
- Gold lost a quarter to $1,296.50 an ounce,
- Silver added 7 cents, or 0.4%, to $19.66
- Platinum declined $5, or 0.3%, to $1,443 an ounce, and
- Palladium fell $2, or 0.2%, to $896 an ounce
US Mint Bullion Sales in August
U.S. Mint bullion sales were unchanged Tuesday as of 3:01 PM ET. American Silver Eagles did advance later in the day on Monday, up 225,000. Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of bullion coins sold last week, this week so far, last month, the month so far, and the year to date.
|American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Tuesday Sales||Sales Last Week||Current Sales Week||July Sales||August Sales||YTD Sales|
|$100 American Platinum Eagle Bullion Coins||0||400||0||0||400||13,300|
|$50 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins||0||3,000||0||26,000||13,000||237,500|
|$25 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins||0||0||0||0||0||27,000|
|$10 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins||0||0||0||6,000||2,000||80,000|
|$5 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins||0||5,000||0||25,000||20,000||405,000|
|$50 American Buffalo Bullion Gold Coins||0||500||0||5,500||4,500||121,500|
|$1 American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins||0||225,000||230,000||1,975,000||1,410,000||27,513,500|
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins||0||0||0||500||0||29,500|
|Shenandoah National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins||0||0||0||0||0||20,000|
|Arches National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins||0||0||0||1,500||0||20,000|
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