On Friday, precious metals advanced, resulting in trimmed weekly losses for gold and silver, and driving gains for platinum and palladium. It was the second consecutive week of declines for gold and silver.
Gold for June delivery gained for the first time since Monday, adding $21.80, or 1.1%, to settle at $1,981.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"This is the week that gold really got crushed because there’s been a steady flow of that debt ceiling optimism and, in addition to that, some hawkish push back from the Fed," Reuters quoted Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.
Gold prices posted a 1.9% weekly decline following a nearly 0.3% dip last week. On Thursday, gold settled at its lowest price since March 27. The yellow metal is 8.5% ahead for the year to date.
As we look ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street & Main Street surveys:
"Most of the 15 participating analysts on the Wall Street side were bearish when asked about their gold price expectations for next week, with 53% projecting lower levels. Only 20% were bullish on prices and 27% were neutral.
The Main Street side was still bullish, but the bearish sentiment saw a significant move up. Out of the 927 participating retail investors, 47% expected higher prices, 38% estimated a move lower, and 15% are neutral, Kitco’s survey showed."
Elsewhere, silver for July delivery jumped 42.7 cents, or 1.8% to close at $24.06 an ounce. Silver prices slid 0.4% this week after plunging 6.9% last week. On Thursday, silver marked its weakest settlement since March 29. So far this year, it has inched 0.08% higher.
Shifting focus to other precious metals, on Friday and for the week:
July platinum rose by $17.50, or 1.7%, to end at $1,075.70 an ounce, for a 0.8% weekly gain.
- Palladium for June delivery soared by $73.60, or 5.1%, to settle at $1,523.80, for a 0.7% increase on the week.
Looking at the performance thus far this year, platinum has registered a decrease of 0.7%, whereas palladium has endured a 15.3% loss.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2023
Based on the information provided, sales of U.S. Mint bullion products slowed over this week compared to the previous one. When comparing sales on a week-over-week basis:
- American Gold Eagles: 26,000 ounces against 17,500 ounces
- American Gold Buffalos: 9,500 ounces compared to 23,000 ounces
- American Silver Eagles: 403,000 ounces against 450,000 ounces
The table below presents a breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products sold, with columns indicating the number of coins sold (not total ounces) during different time periods.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Friday||Last Week||This Week||February||March||April||May||2023 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||13,000||21,500||41,500||211,000||159,000||34,500||564,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||8,000||1,000||8,000||0||54,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||18,000||18,000||12,000||10,000||12,000||18,000||132,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||85,000||10,000||35,000||0||245,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||23,000||9,500||19,500||73,000||61,000||32,500||245,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||450,000||403,000||900,000||900,000||900,000||853,000||7,502,000|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||N/A||7,500||500||0||8,000|
Alas and alack, silver’s flirtation with the $25 price level sure didn’t last long.
Thank God my tech and AI stocks saved the week, otherwise I’d be living on the street and poor again…all because of the drop in spot silver. Gold did recover on Friday after the market started to realise the fed might raise interest rates again in June and the game being played with the deficit goes on.
Good for you for being sufficiently diversified in your investments, Craig, to enable you to weather the financial buffeting of the current economic storm so well. The Fed is having to play a tricky game now as too low rates likely won’t be enough to slow inflation while too high rates might just stifle economic growth. The deficit issue morphed into a veritable Alice In Wonderland situation so long ago that it almost doesn’t seem to even matter any longer what the Gummint does.
In fact, since I said that silver has once again dropped below $23 an ounce. Ouch.
Please see the May 17 Mint Sales Report thread for my comment reply clarification.