Gold eased lower on Thursday while silver, platinum and palladium advanced. Gains in silver and platinum were modest. Palladium, however, soared 4.7%.
Gold for December delivery shed $2.60, or nearly 0.2%, to settle at $1,759.20 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Gold has essentially been a battleground for bulls and bears this week with conflicting themes pulling and pushing the metal in a relatively narrow range," MarketWatch quoted Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM. "The choppy price action illustrates the growing struggle for power ahead of the key jobs data."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,752 to a high of $1,767.70. They edged up 0.05% on Wednesday, they dipped 0.4% on Tuesday, and they rose 0.5% on Monday.
Silver for December delivery rose 12.6 cents, or 0.6%, to close at $22.658 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $22.39 and $22.84. They fell 0.3% on Wednesday, they shed 0.2% on Tuesday, and they climbed 0.5% on Monday.
In other precious metals future prices Thursday:
January platinum added $8.10, or 0.8%, to $985.30 an ounce, ranging from $975.30 to $997.70.
- Palladium for December delivery added $87.20 to $1,955 an ounce, trading between $1,865.50 and $1,992.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021
Published United States Mint bullion sales increased Thursday by a combined 12,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles.
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||Last Week||August||September||This Week / Oct.||2021 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||11,000||0||112,000||67,500||78,500||892,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||21,000||4,000||0||81,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||4,000||0||34,000||8,000||4,000||132,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||5,000||0||50,000||35,000||20,000||385,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||27,500||24,000||12,500||272,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||3,930,000||2,735,000||500,000||26,175,500|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||0||75,000|
|Tuskegee Airmen 5 oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0||52,900|