On Thursday, prices for precious metals saw minimal changes, with gold and platinum gaining modestly, while silver and palladium experienced slight losses.
Climbing from a three-week low, gold for December delivery edged up 30 cents, or 0.02%, to settle at $1,932.80 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Gold prices are near steady and silver prices are moderately down in midday U.S. trading Thursday, following a batch of U.S. economic data that showed an uptick for producer inflation and solid retail sales. Both reports fall into the camp of the U.S. monetary policy hawks, and that’s bearish for the metals," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Inc, said in a daily research note.
Gold futures traded between $1,921.70 and $1,934.5. They shed 0.1% on Wednesday, marking their lowest settlement since Aug. 22, they fell by 0.6% on Tuesday, and they advanced by 0.2% on Monday.
Falling for a second day following two straight gains, silver for December delivery lost 18.7 cents, or 0.8%, closing at a price of $22.994 an ounce. Silver futures ranged from $22.55 and $23.27. They gave back 1.2% on Wednesday, they edged up by 0.08% on Tuesday, and they rose by 0.9% on Monday.
In other precious metals prices on Thursday:
October platinum increased by $5.90, or 0.7%, to $911.10 an ounce, trading between $900.20 and $914.
- Palladium for December delivery declined by $6, or 0.5%, to $1,254.80 an ounce, ranging from $1,251 to $1,273.50.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2023
On Thursday, U.S. Mint bullion sales remained unchanged. They advanced for the first time this week on Wednesday, with increases of 20,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles, 1,500 ounces in American Gold Buffalos, and 785,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles.
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)|
|Thursday||Last Week||This Week||July||August||September||2023 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||3,500||8,500||41,000||78,000||12,000||756,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||10,000||0||2,000||10,000||85,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||22,000||0||2,000||22,000||156,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||20,000||15,000||0||150,000||35,000||570,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||14,000||1,500||16,500||19,500||15,500||328,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||717,000||785,000||209,100,000||3,124,000||1,502,000||16,441,000|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||0||0||12,700|