Precious metals futures changed mostly modestly Tuesday. Silver was the biggest percentage gainer, rising about 0.6%. Gold claimed a third straight session increase, closing near a 1-1/2 week high.
Gold for June delivery rose $2.70, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,276.90 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close was the highest since May 6 when prices settled at $1,294 an ounce.
"Gold has been supported as of late as the ongoing theme over the several sessions has been economic global concerns, and that has been a driver behind that safe haven demand for gold," Reuters quoted David Meger, director of metals trading for High Ridge Futures in Chicago.
Gold futures traded from a low of $1,270.10 to a high of $1,283.90. They edged up 0.1% in the prior session.
Silver for July delivery added 9.6 cents to end at $17.25 an ounce, the best price since last Wednesday, May 11. Silver prices ranged from $17.05 to $17.38. Like gold, they climbed 0.1% on Monday.
In PGM futures on Tuesday:
July platinum gained $1, or less than 0.1%, to $1,054.50 an ounce, trading between $1,043.10 and $1,063.50.
- Palladium for June delivery declined $6.40, or 1.1%, to $584.60 an ounce, ranging from $581.80 to $596.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Monday PM to Tuesday PM:
- Gold declined $8.75, or 0.7%, to $1,277 an ounce.
- Silver declined 24 cents, or 1.4%, to $17.08 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
U.S. Mint bullion sales were unchanged Tuesday, according to figures on the agency’s website. The Mint on Monday 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)|
|Tuesday / This Week||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|