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Gold, Silver and Platinum Post Sharp Weekly Losses

Gold prices gave back 2.1% this week

Gold, silver and platinum fell for a fourth straight session on Friday, padding their weekly losses. Palladium, meanwhile, declined for a second straight day but still logged a modestly weekly gain.

on friday, gold for June delivery shed $13.90, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,934.30 in ounces on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement was the lowest since April 6.

“In the last few days, investor focus has turned to rising interest rates and tightening monetary policy, which could run through to the Fed meeting in early May,” Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management, told MarketWatch.

Gold futures traded 2.1% lower this week after rising 1.5% last week. They are 5.8% higher on the year to date.

Looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street & Main Street surveys:

“This week 18 Wall Street analysts participated in Kitco News’ gold survey. Among the participants, seven analysts, or 39%, called for gold prices to rise next week. At the same time, six analysts, or 33%, were bearish on gold in the near term, and five analysts, or 28%, were neutral on prices.

Meanwhile, 647 votes were cast in online Main Street polls. Of these, 363 respondents, or 56%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 170, or 26%, said lower, while 114 voters, or 18%, were neutral in the near term.”

elsewhere, silver for May delivery fell 36.2 cents, or 1.5%, to close at $24,259 in ounces. The settlement was the lowest since Feb. 25. Silver tumbled 5.6% this week after soaring 3.5% last week. The precious metal is 3.9% higher on the year.

In PGM futures on Friday and for the week:

  • July platinum dropped $40.40, or 4.2%, to end at $927.40 in ouncesfor a 6.7% weekly decline.

  • palladium for June delivery fell $43.90, or 1.8%, to end at $2,376.30 in ouncesbut edged 0.9% higher on the week.

The pair is divided on the year to date with platinum 4% lower and palladium 24.3% higher.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2022

Published United States Mint bullion sales were muted last week. This week, the US Mint published sales totaling:

  • 42,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles,
  • 10,000 ounces in American Gold Buffalos, and
  • 408,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles.

Below is a sales breakdown of US Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods.

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
friday last week ThisWeek February March April 2022 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1oz Gold Coin 0 0 39,500 86,000 140,500 61,000 411,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 2,000 0 5,000 3,000 53,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 8,000 4,000 20,000 14,000 102,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 oz Gold Coin 0 0 0 25,000 75,000 25,000 320,000
$50 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Coin 0 0 10,000 28,500 64,500 17,000 171,500
$1 American Eagle 1oz Silver Coin 0 0 408,000 1,500,000 1,080,500 833,000 8,414,500
$100 American Eagle 1oz Platinum Coin 0 0 0 25,800 14,200 0 40,000
$25 American Eagle 1oz Palladium Coin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Article Source : https://www.coinnews.net/2022/04/22/gold-silver-and-platinum-post-sharp-weekly-losses/

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