Gold futures settled modestly lower for a third straight session on Monday, while silver climbed higher for a second session in a row and closed near a two-year high.
Gold for August delivery shed $1.80, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,356.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"This is more of a risk-on day. The Brexit issue seems to be downplayed a little bit. A new prime minister’s been selected, so things are a little bit better," Reuters quoted Bill O’Neill, co-founder of LOGIC Advisors.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,351.80 to a high of $1,376.50. The yellow metal advanced last week by 1.5%, recording a sixth straight weekly gain.
Rising for the eighth time in nine sessions, silver for September delivery settled up 20.5 cents, or 1%, to $20.304 an ounce. The close is the highest since Aug. 1, 2014 when the precious metal ended at $20.37 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $20.17 and $20.76. Last week, they rose 2.6%.
In PGM futures on Monday:
October platinum added $7.90, or 0.7%, to $1,108.10 an ounce, ranging from $1,093.30 to $1,109.50.
- Palladium for September delivery added $8.65, or 1.4%, to $625.75 an ounce, trading between $615.60 and $627.60.
Gains for each metal last week totaled 4.1% and 1.9%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold moved up $2.85, or 0.2%, to $1,357.10 an ounce.
- Silver moved up 75 cents, or 3.8%, to $20.47 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week, London bullion prices advanced by 1.1% for gold, 2.5% for silver, 4.1% for platinum and 8% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016
United States Mint bullion sales advanced on Monday by 4,000 in American Gold Eagles and by 175,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles
Earlier in the day, the U.S. Mint said its latest weekly allocation of American Silver Eagles is 3,649,500 coins. While their sales have slowed in recent weeks, 2016 Silver Eagles are still tracking toward an annual record with 26,675,500 sold. The figure represents an 8.9% 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||May Sale||June Sales||July Sales||2016 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins||4,000||7,500||64,500||62,500||11,500||417,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||1,000||7,000||3,000||1,000||47,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins||0||4,000||10,000||10,000||4,000||90,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins||0||5,000||60,000||70,000||5,000||510,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||3,000||18,500||14,500||3,000||115,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins||175,000||250,000||4,498,500||2,837,500||425,000||26,675,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||0||0||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||11,000||0||0||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||0||34,200||0||34,200|