On Monday, China posted its first monthly trade deficit in two years. In February, Chinese exports dropped 18.1% year-over-year, largely due to a plunge in steel shipments to North America and Europe. The report renewed fears over the strength of the Chinese economy. In Ukraine, no diplomatic resolution of the Russian occupation of Crimea appeared in sight as Russian forces continue to consolidate their control of the peninsula.
Gold futures for April delivery climbed 0.4% to $1,346.70 per ounce on Tuesday, according to CME Group. Gold traded as high as $1,353 and as low as $1,337.80. Bullion closed in London at $1,350, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for May delivery fell 0.5% to $20.82 per ounce. Tuesday’s high for silver was $21.33, while the low was $20.67.
Metal funds advanced on Tuesday.
- The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) rose 0.6%.
- The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) increased 0.5%.
- The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) inched up 0.2%.
Mining ETFs were mixed during the day.
- The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) added 0.6%.
- The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) climbed 0.6%.
- The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) dropped 1.5%.
Gold stocks mostly improved on Tuesday.
- Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) rose 1%.
- Barrick Gold (ABX) inched up 0.4%.
- Eldorado Gold (EGO) added 0.3%.
- Goldcorp (GG) increased 0.9%.
- Kinross Gold (KGC) fell 1%.
- Newmont Mining (NEM) moved up 0.8%.
- NovaGold Resources (NG) dropped 2.2%.
- Yamana Gold (AUY) dipped 0.2%.
Silver mining shares pulled back during the day.
- Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) slid 0.9%.
- Hecla Mining (HL) fell 1.2%.
- Pan American Silver (PAAS) sank 0.4%.
- Silver Wheaton (SLW) declined 0.4%.
- Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) moved down 1.6%.
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.