Precious metals fell Thursday. Their losses ranged from 0.5% for gold to 2.1% for palladium. Palladium’s drop was its first in seven sessions.
Gold for February delivery declined $8.80 to settle at $1,776.70 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement was the lowest since Dec. 2.
"Price pressure on the metals is coming from the key outside markets being in bearish daily postures — weaker crude oil prices and a higher U.S. dollar index. This week’s rise in U.S. Treasury bond yields and keener trader and investor risk appetite this week are also negatives for the safe-haven metals," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Inc, said in a daily research note.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,774 to a high of $1,788.40. They edged up 0.04% on Wednesday, for their highest close since Nov. 29, they rose 0.3% on Tuesday, and they shed 0.3% on Monday.
Silver for March delivery dropped 41.9 cents, or 1.9%, to settle at $22.013 an ounce. The settlement was the lowest since Sept. 29 when silver finished at $21.485 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $21.84 and $22.48. They dipped 0.4% on Wednesday, they added 1.2% on Tuesday, and they lost 1% on Monday.
In other precious metals futures prices on Thursday:
January platinum fell $18.20, or 1.9%, to $937.70 an ounce, ranging from $928.70 and $953.30.
- Palladium for March delivery lost $39.20 to $1,813.20 an ounce, trading between $1,741.50 and $1,868.50.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021
Published United States Mint bullion sales increased Thursday by 6,000 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||This Week||October||November||December||2021 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||6,000||24,500||135,500||125,500||26,500||1,101,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||7,000||6,000||2,000||96,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||22,000||10,000||0||160,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||85,000||40,000||0||490,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||7,000||41,000||39,500||8,000||348,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||1,076,000||1,523,500||0||28,275,000|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||0||75,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1 Oz Palladium Coin||0||0||0||8,700||0||8,700|
|Tuskegee Airmen 5 oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0||52,900|