A better-than-expected report on Chinese manufacturing reassured investors that gold demand from China would continue to grow, pushing the metal up in Thursday trading. Gold climbed as the U.S. dollar continued to lag other currencies, especially the euro, in the wake of the U.S. government shutdown and a poor September employment report earlier this week.
Shares of Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) vaulted sharply higher after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings.
Gold futures for December delivery gained 1.2% to $1,350.30 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold traded as high as $1,352.30 and as low as $1,330.20. Bullion closed in London at $1,348, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for December rose 0.9% to $22.82 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $22.82, while the low was $22.50.
Metal funds improved in Thursday trading.
- The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) increased 0.9%.
- The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) added 0.9%.
- The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) rose 0.6%.
Mining ETFs advanced during the day.
- The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) climbed 3.9%.
- The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) gained 4.1%.
- The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) rose 3.7%.
Gold stocks moved higher on Thursday.
- Agnico-Eagle Mines soared 18%.
- Barrick Gold (ABX) rose 3.5%.
- Eldorado Gold (EGO) added 5.2%.
- Goldcorp (GG) climbed 4%.
- Kinross Gold (KGC) increased 3.4%.
- Newmont Mining (NEM) moved up 1.3%.
- NovaGold Resources (NG) gained 3%.
- Yamana Gold (AUY) advanced 3.2%.
Silver mining shares climbed during the day.
- Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) added 2.8%.
- Hecla Mining (HL) gained 3.3%.
- Pan American Silver (PAAS) rose 2.9%.
- Silver Wheaton (SLW) increased 3.5%.
- Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) surged 5.1%.
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.