Most precious metals lacked a lot of movement Monday. Platinum was the exception, advancing 1.2%. Gold and silver moved opposite of each other — with the former falling and the latter rising — but they logged less than a 0.1% change from their prices on Friday.
Gold for December delivery dipped 60 cents to settle at $1,199.80 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close is the lowest since last week Tuesday, Sept. 4.
"A weaker U.S. dollar index today limited selling interest, but upbeat trader and investor attitudes to start the trading week thwarted buying of the safe-haven metals," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a report.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,196.20 to a high of $1,203.80. They slipped 0.5% last week.
Silver for December delivery added 1.1 cents to settle at $14.181 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $14.11 and $14.29. They tumbled 2.7% last week, ending Friday at their worst point since Jan. 22, 2016.
In other precious metals futures dealings on Monday:
October platinum advanced $9.60 to end at $790 an ounce, ranging from $776.70 to $801.10.
- Palladium for December delivery shed $4.20, or 0.4%, to $964.60 an ounce, trading between $961.40 and $978.30.
The two metals last week registered respective weekly losses of 0.9% and 0.1%.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Friday PM to Monday PM:
- Gold fell $2.30, or 0.2%, to 1,196.60 an ounce.
- Silver rose 3 cents, or 0.2%, to $14.215 an ounce.
LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.
In LBMA results last week, prices fell 0.3% for gold, 3.2% for silver, and 2% for platinum. They moved up 0.3% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2018
United States Mint bullion sales rose by 1,000 ounces in 1-ounce American Gold Eagles and by 130,000 ounces in Cumberland Island 5-ounce silver bullion coins.
Released today for sale to U.S. Mint bullion distributors, the Cumberland Island piece is the fourth 2018-dated 5-ounce America the Beautiful silver bullion coin. The coin depicts Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia — just like the companion quarter released two weeks ago.
No 5-ounce coins sold in the previous ten weeks.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Monday||Last Week||August||September||2018 Sales|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||30,000|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||1,000||7,500||17,500||8,500||145,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,000||4,000||1,000||23,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||4,000||2,000||56,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||20,000||10,000||20,000||180,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||6,500||20,000||6,500||104,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||1,037,500||1,530,000||1,037,500||10,275,000|
|Pictured Rocks 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||30,000|
|Apostle Islands 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||30,000|
|Voyageurs 5 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||30,000|
|Cumberland Island 5 Oz Silver Coin||26,000||N/A||N/A||26,000||26,000|