Precious metals fell in tandem Tuesday. Gold futures ended lower for the the fifth time in six sessions, and neared a 10-month settlement low.
Gold for February delivery dropped $6.40, or 0.5%, to finish at $1,170.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement is 70 cents higher than gold’s close on Thursday when prices ended at their lowest level since Feb. 5.
"With the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average at a record high this week and other world stock markets being pulled along for the ride, traders and investors remain in upbeat moods heading into the holidays," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report. "That’s a big, bearish element for the safe-haven gold market."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,168.10 to a high of $1,177.10. They shed 0.1% in the previous session.
Snapping a three-session streak of gains, silver for March delivery lost 8.9 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $16.81 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $16.74 and $16.95. On Monday, they advanced 0.4% after jumping 2.2% last week.
In rounding out precious metals trading action:
January platinum declined $2.90, or 0.3%, to $935.70 an ounce, ranging from $934.10 to $953.
- Palladium for March delivery fell $11.65, or 1.6%, to $734.40 an ounce, trading between $732.60 and $755.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London bullion prices from Monday PM to Tuesday PM:
- Gold added $10.30, or 0.9%, to $1,172.50 an ounce.
- Silver added 17 cents, or 1%, to $16.79 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 were unchanged Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Mint declared sellouts for many 2016-dated bullion products to include:
- American Eagle gold coins in 1 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz sizes,
- the American Eagle silver coin, and
- the Theodore Roosevelt 5 oz silver coin.
American Gold and Silver Eagles were introduced in 1986. Annual sales of this year’s American Silver Eagle at 37,701,500 coins rank fifth highest, falling 19.8% from last year’s annual record of 47 million coins. Combined sales of 2016 American Gold Eagles at 984,500 ounces are the highest since the 1 million ounces sold in 2011.
The Mint’s suite of 2017-dated bullion coins launch on Jan. 9.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods. Products with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Tuesday Sales||Last Week||This Week||Nov Sales||Dec Sales||2016 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coins*||–||20,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins*||–||29,000||23,000||129,000||23,000||817,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins||0||1,000||2,000||7,000||2,000||73,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins*||–||2,000||2,000||18,000||2,000||152,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins*||–||20,000||40,000||105,000||40,000||925,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins||0||6,500||5,500||29,500||5,500||212,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins*||100,000||175,000||240,000||3,061,000||240,000||37,701,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–||105,000|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–||75,000|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||0||100||1,500||100||38,100|
|2016 Theodore Roosevelt 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–||-2,000||800||6,600||800||40,000|
|2016 Fort Moultrie 5 Oz Silver Coins||0||-3,000||0||27,800||0||27,800|
This article was edited to include updated sales figures, as published by the U.S. Mint on Dec. 7, for the bullion American Silver Eagle.