Prices for platinum and palladium rose Friday while those for silver and gold declined. All four dropped on the week. Silver’s weekly loss was its first in seven weeks. Gold, meanwhile, snapped a two-week winning streak.
On Friday, gold for April delivery lost $13.90, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,929.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"We have seen the invasion-driven momentum and speculative fury (for gold) massively cool off over the past 10 days," Reuters quoted David Jones, chief market strategist at Capital.com.
Gold prices declined 2.8% this week following gains of 0.9% last week and 4.2% in the week ending March 4. They are 5.5% higher on the year to date.
In looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street & Main Street surveys:
"This week 16 Wall Street analysts participated in Kitco News’ gold survey. Among the participants, nine analysts, or 56%, called for gold prices to rise next week. At the same time, four analysts, or 25%, were bearish on gold in the near term, and three analysts, or 19%, were neutral on prices.
Meanwhile, 822 votes were cast in online Main Street polls. Of these, 560 respondents, or 68%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 147, or 18%, said lower, while 115 voters, or 14%, were neutral in the near term."
Elsewhere, silver for May delivery settled down 52.9 cents, or 2.1%, to $25.087 an ounce. Silver prices tumbled 4.1% this week following six straight weekly gains that had lifted prices by a combined $3.86 or 17.3%. They are 7.4% higher on the year.
In PGM futures on Friday and for the week:
April platinum rose $4.60, or 0.5%, to end at $1,035.90 an ounce, but registered a 4.8% weekly loss.
- Palladium for June delivery edged up $1, or 0.04%, to end at $2,493 an ounce, but sank 10.9% on the week.
Both are higher for the year so far with gains of 7.2% for platinum and 30.4% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2022
Published United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged this week. Last week, the U.S. posted bullion coin gains totaling:
- 68,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles,
- 22,000 ounces in American Gold Buffalos,
- 600,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles climbed, and
- 6,500 ounces in American Platinum 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)|
|Friday / This Week||Last Week||January||February||March||2022 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||60,500||123,500||86,000||69,000||278,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,000||45,000||0||1,000||46,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||12,000||64,000||4,000||12,000||80,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||45,000||195,000||25,000||45,000||265,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||22,000||61,500||28,500||27,000||117,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||600,000||5,001,000||1,500,000||600,000||7,101,000|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||6,500||N/A||25,800||11,200||37,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1 Oz Palladium Coin||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tuskegee Airmen 5 oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0||0|