Gold and silver futures advanced their winning streaks on Monday to four straight sessions, and each posted a more than five-week high.
Gold for August delivery moved up $11, or 0.9%, to end at $1,286.90 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement was the highest since May 6.
"Safe haven demand was featured amid growing concerns about the U.K. vote next week regarding an exit from the European Union (Brexit)," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,275.20 to a high of $1,290.30. They advanced last week by 2.7%.
Silver for July delivery rose 11.3 cents, or 0.7%, to close at $17.443 an ounce. Like for gold, the settlement was the highest since May 6. Silver prices traded between $17.10 and $17.47. They rallied 5.9% last week.
In other precious metals futures on Monday:
July platinum edged up $1.10, or 0.1%, to $995.30 an ounce, ranging from $984.70 to $999.70.
- Palladium for September delivery dipped 10 cents to $545.85 an ounce, trading between $536.10 and $553.75.
The two metals split last week with platinum 1.3% higher and palladium 0.6% lower.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold rose $4.50, or 0.4%, to $1,280 an ounce.
- Silver was unchanged at $17.32 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week, London pricing for palladium was unchanged while the other metals registered increases of 2.8% for gold, 7.6% for silver and 1.7% for platinum.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged Monday. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Mint said it is limiting this week’s sales of American Silver Eagle to 1,672,500 coins. 2016 American Silver Eagles are running at a record pace with 24,327,500 sold, representing a 31% increase over those sold through same time in record-breaking year 2015.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. 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||Apr Sales||May Sale||June Sales||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||12,500||93,500||64,500||22,000||365,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||0||6,000||7,000||0||43,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||0||2,000||14,000||10,000||2,000||78,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||0||20,000||55,000||60,000||20,000||455,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||3,000||19,500||18,500||6,000||104,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||0||843,500||4,072,000||4,498,500||914,500||24,327,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||0||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||64,000||11,000||0||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||33,000||64,000||11,000||33,000||33,000|