Comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinting at a possible draw down of the Fed’s economic stimulus efforts in coming months sent gold lower in Wednesday trading. In testimony before Congress, Bernanke said the Fed would continue bond-buying for the time being, but could reduce that activity if the economy showed continued improvement.
Gold futures for June delivery sank 0.7% to $1,367.40 per ounce on Wednesday, according to CME Group. Gold traded as high as $1,413.30 and as low as $1,353.10. Gold bullion closed in London at $1,364, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for June delivery edged up 0.1% to $22.46 per ounce. Wednesday’s high for silver was $23.18 while the low was $22.22.
Gold and silver funds declined in Wednesday trading.
- The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) fell 0.7%.
- The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) sank 0.8%.
- The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) edged down 0.5%.
Gold and silver mining ETFs improved during the day.
- The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) gained 1.2%.
- The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) climbed 1.7%.
- The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) rose 0.5%.
Gold mining shares mostly advanced on Wednesday.
- Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) added 2.2%.
- Barrick Gold (ABX) inched up 0.6%.
- Eldorado Gold (EGO) climbed 3%.
- Goldcorp (GG) rose 2%.
- Kinross Gold (KGC) surged 3.8%.
- Newmont Mining (NEM) was flat.
- NovaGold Resources (NG) was also unchanged.
- Yamana Gold (AUY) increased 0.9%.
Silver mining shares mostly gained during the day.
- Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) slid 1.1%.
- Hecla Mining (HL) improved 0.3%.
- Pan American Silver (PAAS) gained 0.8%.
- Silver Wheaton (SLW) climbed 2.4%.
- Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) also rose 2.4%.
As of this writing, Christopher Freeburn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Adrian Ash of BullionVault contributed to this report.