Precious metals futures logged another day of gains in their start to the new trading week on Monday. Advances in gold and silver were their third in a row, with the former ending near a 3-week high and the latter closing at an almost 2-week high.
Gold for April delivery tacked on $3.80, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,234 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement is the highest since March 1 when prices ended at $1,250 an ounce.
Monday’s "move seemed to reflect lingering reverberations from the [Fed] rate decision. The central bank raised rates as widely expected, but offered nothing to propel the hawkish narrative beyond status-quo projections," MarketWatch quoted Ilya Spivak, currency and metals analyst with Daily FX.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,228.80 to a high of $1,234.50. Last week, they climbed 2.4% for their first weekly increase in three weeks.
Meanwhile, silver for May delivery settled up 2.5 cents, or 0.1%, to $17.438 an ounce, marking another finish at its best price since Mar. 7. Silver futures traded between $17.36 and $17.48. They gained 2.9% last week following two straight weekly declines.
In rounding out precious metals futures dealings:
April platinum moved up $9.40, or 1%, to $972.40 an ounce, ranging from $962.10 to $973.30.
- Palladium for June delivery added $5.85, or 0.8%, to $781.65 an ounce, trading between $772.65 and $785.65..
The two metals posted gains last week of 2.6% and 4.1%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London bullion prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold rose $2.80, or 0.2%, to $1,232.40 an ounce.
- Silver fell 17 cents, or 1%, to $17.23 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
Last week, London metal prices registered increases of 2.2% for gold, 3% for silver, 1.9% for platinum and 3.5% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2017
U.S. Mint bullion products logged advances of:
- 4,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles,
- 1,500 ounces in American Gold Buffalos, and
- 715,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles.
With today’s gains alone, Silver Eagle sales this week will close the highest since at least the week ended Jan. 20.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. 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)|
|Monday Sales||Last Week||Feb Sales||Mar Sales||2017 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||20,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||4,000||2,500||21,000||10,000||117,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,000||5,000||1,000||25,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||4,000||2,000||42,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||5,000||20,000||30,000||35,000||190,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||1,500||2,500||15,000||4,500||51,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||715,000||220,000||1,215,000||1,215,000||7,557,500|
|2017 Effigy Mounds 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||19,500||0||19,500|
|2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins*||–|
|2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coin*||–|
|2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016 Theodore Roosevelt 5 Oz Silver Coin*||–|
|2016 Fort Moultrie 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0|