Precious metals futures rallied Wednesday in the aftermath of a higher than expected reading on U.S. inflation. Gold notched its third straight advance and settled at a three-week high.
Gold for April delivery tacked on $27.60, or 2.1%, to settle at $1,358 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close was the strongest since Jan. 25.
"The big U.S. economic report of the week on Wednesday saw the consumer price index report come in hotter than expected," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report.
"The CPI report falls into the camp of the U.S. monetary policy hawks, who would like to see the Federal Reserve raise interest rates at a faster pace: likely four small increases in 2018," Wyckoff added.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,319.10 to a high of $1,358.60. They rose 0.3% in the previous session and climbed 0.8% on Monday.
Silver for March delivery jumped 35 cents, or 2.1%, to settle at $16.878 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $16.32 and $16.91. They shed 0.3% on Tuesday and rallied 2.7% on Monday.
In PGM futures on Wednesday:
April platinum added $23.40, or 2.4%, to $999.10 an ounce, ranging from $971.20 to $1,002.20.
- Palladium for March delivery rose $16.60, or 1.7%, to $997.30 an ounce, trading between $973.05 and $999.75.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Tuesday PM to Wednesday PM:
- Gold gained $10.90, or 0.8%, to $1,336.25 an ounce.
- Silver declined 2.5 cents, or 0.2%, to $16.58 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2018
United States Mint bullion sales advanced by 25,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles and by 2,500 ounces in American Platinum Eagles. 2018-dated Platinum Eagles debuted on Monday, Feb. 12. Their sales now total 20,000 coins, matching the mintages in years 2016 and 2017.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Wednesday||Last Week||This Week||December||January||February||2018 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||2,500||N/A||20,000||N/A||N/A||20,000||20,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||500||1,500||38,000||36,000||3,000||39,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||3,000||16,000||0||16,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||4,000||26,000||0||26,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||25,000||80,000||0||80,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||500||500||14,000||24,000||2,000||26,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||25,000||225,000||410,000||742,000||3,235,000||635,000||3,870,000|