Precious metals soared on Friday with safe-havens in favor on worries over Brexit. Gold and silver futures posted their fifth straight weekly increases. Both closed near 2-year highs.
Gold for August delivery on Friday tacked on $18.40, or 1.4%, to settle at $1,339 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Macroeconomic risk and geopolitical risk were already setting gold and silver up for a good year – the Brexit fall out has just been the icing on the cake," Bloomberg News quoted Mark O’Byrne, a director at brokerage GoldCore Ltd. "These metals will continue to outperform as market conditions remain unstable."
Gold’s close marks the highest price since July 10, 2014 when the yellow metal ended at $1,339.20 an ounce. Prices advanced 1.3% this week, after rising 6.9% in the second quarter, and they are 26.3% higher on the year to date.
"Apart from a potential rally for the U.S. dollar, one other risk facing precious metals is profit-taking," MarketWatch quoted Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at Forex.com and City Index. Conversely, a weaker jobs report, due for release July 8, will "once and for all put to bed talks of a rate increase in 2016," and that would be "good news for precious metals."
In looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street vs. Main Street survey:
"A total of 15 analysts and traders took part in Kitco’s survey, with a whopping 73% calling for higher prices next week. At the same time, 20% expect to see lower prices while 7% are neutral.
Meanwhile, on Main Street, 574 participants voted this week. A total of 372 respondents, or 65%, said they were bullish for the week ahead, while 119, or 21%, were bearish. The neutral votes totaled 83, or 14%."
Advancing for the eighth time in nine sessions, silver for September delivery rallied 96.5 cents, or 5.2%, to close at $19.588 an ounce. The settlement is the highest since Aug. 28, 2014 when the precious metal ended at $19.61 an ounce. Silver prices jumped 10.1% this week, driving up their year-to-date gain to 41.9%.
In PGM futures on Friday and for the week:
October platinum settled up $32.80, or 3.2%, to $1,057.10 an ounce, advancing 7.1% from last week.
- Palladium for September delivery rose $8.30, or 1.4%, to $605.65 an ounce, for a 10.8% weekly increase.
Year to date, platinum is 18.4% higher and palladium is 7.8% higher.
London Precious Metals Prices
London precious metals prices also climbed on Friday and surged on the week. In comparing their levels from Thursday PM to Friday PM:
- Gold gained $19.25, or 1.5%, to $1,340 an ounce.
- Silver soared 88 cents, or 4.8%, to $19.24 an ounce.
- Platinum jumped $40, or 4%, $1,039 an ounce, and
- Palladium added $9, or 1.5%, to $598 an ounce.
Their weekly advances totaled 1.9% for gold, 6.7% for silver, 5.3% for platinum and 9.1% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
United States Mint bullion sales posted mixed weekly results with gold coins lower and silver coins higher. In the latest week-over-week comparisons:
Gold coin sales advanced 17,000 ounces after rising by 21,000 ounces last week. The weekly splits include 14,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles compared to 18,000 ounces previously, and 2,500 ounces in American Gold Buffalos compared to 3,000 ounces previously.
- Silver coin sales advanced 938,000 ounces this week — their best weekly total since the one ended May 20, after climbing by 517,000 ounces previously. For a second straight week, all sales came from American Silver Eagles.
The U.S. Mint set this week’s allocation of American Silver Eagle at 2,837,500 coins. Bullion distributors ordered one-third of them. 2016 Silver Eagles are running at a record pace with sales of 26,250,500 coins, marking a 20.5% 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)|
|Friday / July||Last Week||This Week||May Sale||June Sales||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||13,500||13,000||64,500||62,500||406,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||2,000||0||7,000||3,000||46,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||0||6,000||0||10,000||10,000||86,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||0||20,000||15,000||60,000||70,000||505,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||3,000||2,500||18,500||14,500||112,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||0||517,000||938,000||4,498,500||2,837,500||26,250,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||0||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||11,000||0||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||34,200||34,200|