Gold, silver and palladium futures gained Thursday. Silver’s increase was its fourth in a row while palladium snapped a four-session losing streak. Gold rebounded from its prior session modest loss.
Gold for April delivery advanced $25, or 1.5%, to settle at $1,668 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Recent history shows that some days traders and investors are less concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, and then the next day they are more concerned. Look for continued vacillating markets as the Covid-19 situation plays out," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a daily research note. "It’s now looking more likely that the event will not be a short-term situation, but instead one that will play out over several months, or longer."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,635.60 to a high of $1,669.70. They dipped 0.09% on Wednesday, they jumped 3.1% on Tuesday, and they gained 1.8% on Monday. A week ago Monday, Feb. 24, they closed at $1,676.60 an ounce for their highest settlement since Feb. 6, 2013.
Silver for March delivery added 14.7 cents, or 0.9%, to $17.393 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $17.15 and $17.43. They rose 0.3% on Wednesday, they surged 2.7% on Tuesday, and they climbed 1.7% on Monday.
In other precious metals prices Thursday:
April platinum declined $9.50, or 1.1%, to $865.70 an ounce, ranging from $856.60 to $876.10.
- Palladium for June delivery surged $84.40, or 3.5%, to $2,469.40 an ounce, trading between $2,370 and $2,471.80. Last Thursday, palladium scored a record settlement at $2,711.70 an ounce.
London Precious Metals Prices
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Wednesday PM to Thursday PM:
- Gold tacked on $17.75, or 1.1%, to $1,659.60 an ounce.
- Silver fell 5 cents, or 0.3%, to $17.20 an ounce.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2020
United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged. 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)|
|Thursday||December||January||February||This Week / March||2020 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||38,000||3,500||1,500||43,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||23,000||2,000||0||25,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||18,000||2,000||0||20,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||60,000||20,000||10,000||90,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,500||21,000||1,000||3,000||25,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||3,846,000||650,000||750,000||5,246,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||14,500||9,300||1,500||25,300|