Gold declined modestly on Tuesday, for its second straight loss, while silver, platinum and palladium climbed.
Gold for February delivery settled down $5.90, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,788.70 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"This week, we do not have any important economic event, but traders will find other external factors such as Omicron to drive the gold price action," wrote Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade, according to MarketWatch. "Any risk-off event is likely to drive the gold price higher."
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,785 to a high of $1,801.70. They shed 0.6% on Monday.
Silver for March delivery gained 23.7 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $22.529 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $22.18 and $22.81. They fell 1.1% on Monday.
In other precious metals futures prices Tuesday:
January platinum added $1.40, or 0.2%, to $927.80 an ounce, ranging from $922.40 to $938.50.
- Palladium for March delivery tacked on $47.20, or 2.7%, to $1,793.10 an ounce, trading between $1,739.50 and $1,830.
Last week platinum edged 0.03% higher and palladium rose 2%.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021
Published United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged on Tuesday. 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)|
|Tuesday / This Week||Last Week||October||November||December||2021 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||14,500||135,500||125,500||41,000||1,115,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,000||7,000||6,000||1,000||95,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||22,000||10,000||2,000||162,000|
|$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||2,500||41,000||39,500||10,500||350,500|
|$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|