Precious metals futures changed little on Monday with gold, silver and platinum each gaining 0.1%. Palladium futures logged a 0.2% decline.
Gold for June delivery added $1.50 to settle at $1,274.20 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Gold prices ended the U.S. day session slightly higher Monday but well off the highs seen earlier in the day," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report. "A rally in the U.S. stock market Monday worked to temper buying interest in the safe-haven metal. Still, gold continues to show the resilience required to extend the present near-term price uptrend."
Gold futures traded from a low of $1,272.20 to a high of $1,290.40. They fell 1.7% last week for their first weekly loss in three.
Silver for July delivery edged up 2.2 cents to close at $17.154 an ounce. Silver prices ranged from $17.07 to $17.42. They ended 2.3% lower last week, their second straight weekly decline.
Rounding out precious metals trading:
July platinum gained $1.40 to $1,053.50 an ounce, trading between $1,048.20 and $1,065.20.
- Palladium for June delivery lost $1.40 to $591 an ounce, ranging from $590.75 to $597.65.
In trading last week, platinum dropped 3% and palladium fell 2.4%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold added $19.85, or 1.6%, to $1,285.75 an ounce.
- Silver added 23 cents, or 1.4%, to $17.32 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week, London bullion prices posted losses totaling 1.8% for gold, 1.3% for silver, 2.8% for platinum and 2% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
U.S. Mint bullion sales were unchanged Monday, according to figures on the agency’s website. Earlier in the day, the Mint said it is limiting this week’s sales of bullion American Silver Eagle to 1 million coins.
Below is a sales breakdown of United States 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||Mar Sales||Apr Sales||May Sale||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||9,000||29,000||93,500||20,000||299,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||0||1,000||6,000||3,000||39,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||0||0||4,000||14,000||0||66,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||0||0||75,000||55,000||10,000||385,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||3,500||7,000||19,500||10,000||89,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||0||972,500||4,106,000||4,072,000||2,058,000||20,972,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||0||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||64,000||0||64,000|