Gold futures declined for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, ending at a two-week low ahead of Thursday’s Brexit vote.
Gold for August delivery shed $2.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,270 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"This week’s better risk appetite in the marketplace has been a negative for safe-haven gold," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report. "However, with Thursday’s Brexit vote looming, look for sellers in the gold market to become scarce until at least Friday morning."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,263.80 to a high of $1,273.50. Wednesday’s settlement was the lowest since June 8. Gold closed at a more than 17-month high only five sessions ago.
Lower for a second day in a row, silver for July delivery dipped less than a penny to settle at $17.312 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $17.12 and $17.36. On Tuesday, they slipped 1.1%.
In other precious metals futures trading:
July platinum rose $2, or 0.2%, to $983.50 an ounce, ranging from $976.30 to $988.90.
- Palladium for September delivery tacked on $10.90, or 2%, to $562.25 an ounce, trading between $548.50 and $564.20.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Tuesday PM to Wednesday PM:
- Gold declined $7.75, or 0.6%, to $1,264.85 an ounce.
- Silver fell 16 cents, or 0.9%, to $17.20 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
United States Mint bullion sales advanced for the first time this week. Gains included 13,000 ounces in American Eagle and Buffalo gold coins and 371,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles
The U.S. Mint set its weekly allocation of American Silver Eagle at 2,204,500 coins. Bullion distributors have now claimed 16.8% of them. 2016 Silver Eagles are running at a record pace with sales of 25,166,500 coins, marking a 28.8% 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)|
|Wednesday / This Week||Last Week||Apr Sales||May Sale||June Sales||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||7,500||14,000||93,500||64,500||43,500||387,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||1,000||1,000||6,000||7,000||2,000||45,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||6,000||2,000||14,000||10,000||10,000||86,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||15,000||15,000||55,000||60,000||50,000||485,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||2,000||3,000||19,500||18,500||11,000||109,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||371,000||468,000||4,072,000||4,498,500||1,753,500||25,166,500|
|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||1,200||64,000||11,000||34,200||34,200|