Gold and silver futures posted their fourth straight set of session gains Monday, with each ending at about two-week highs.
Gold for February delivery tacked on $8, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,265.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement is the strongest since Dec. 6.
"Gold futures, as well all of the precious metals, are looking good as it appears the tax cut deal is done and it could increase the odds for inflation in the new year. On top of that the Fed interest rate increase is in the rearview window, so the outlook looks more shiny," MarketWatch quoted Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group.
Gold futures traded from a low of $1,255.30 to a high of $1,267. They gained 0.7% last week for their first weekly win in four weeks.
Silver for March delivery added 14.2 cents, or 0.9%, to finish at $16.205 an ounce. The close is the highest since Dec. 4. Silver futures ranged from $16.05 to $16.22. They advanced 1.5% last week.
In rounding out precious metals dealings:
January platinum jumped $23.80, 2.7%, to $913.20 an ounce, trading between $891.10 and $915.30.
- Palladium for March delivery declined $3.35, or 0.3%, to $1,012.05 an ounce, ranging from $1,006.35 to $1,019.85. On Thursday, palladium ended at its best price since February 2001.
The two metals posted respective gains last week of 0.7% and 1.9%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing London bullion prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold rose $6, or 0.5%, to 1,260.60 an ounce.
- Silver fell 10.5 cents, or 0.7%, to $16.09 an ounce.
- Platinum gained $20, or 2.3%, to $902 an ounce.
- Palladium declined $13, or 1.3%, to $1,015 an ounce.
Last week, gaining London metals prices included gold by 0.3%, silver by 1% and palladium by 1.9%. London platinum prices fell 1.1% last week.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2017
United States Mint bullion sales advanced by a combined 9,500 ounces in gold coins. 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)|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||20,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1 Oz Palladium Coin*||0||0||0||0||15,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||7,500||28,000||9,500||35,500||226,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||3,000||2,000||3,000||37,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||4,000||2,000||4,000||64,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||15,000||10,000||25,000||395,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||2,000||10,500||2,000||13,500||99,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||622,000||385,000||742,000||18,065,500|
|2017 Effigy Mounds 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||35,000|
|2017 Frederick Douglass 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||20,000|
|2017 Ozark Riverways 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||20,000|
|2017 Ellis Island 5 Oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||40,000|
|2017 George Rogers Clark 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||32,400||0||32,400|