Gold dropped modestly in Thursday trading after Ukraine and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to reduce tensions during negotiations in Switzerland. The talks included U.S. and European Union representatives. Gold prices have climbed in recent weeks as violence in Ukraine boosted the metal’s safe-haven appeal.
Gold futures for June delivery sank 0.7% to $1,293.90 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold prices were as high as $1,304.40 and as low as $1,292.80. Bullion closed in London at $1,295, according to BullionVault.
Silver futures for May delivery dipped 0.2% to settle at $19.60 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $19.72, while the low was $19.49.
Here’s how metal-based funds and mining stocks fared on Thursday:
Gold and Silver Funds
- The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) slid 0.6%.
- The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) fell 0.6%.
- The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) was flat.
Gold and Silver Mining ETFs
- The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) sank 1%.
- The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) declined 2.2%.
- The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) faded 1.2%.
- Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) climbed 1.8%.
- Barrick Gold (ABX) fell 1.8%.
- Eldorado Gold (EGO) rose 0.5%.
- Goldcorp (GG) sank 0.9%.
- Kinross Gold (KGC) slid 0.7%.
- Newmont Mining (NEM) dropped 0.9%.
- NovaGold Resources (NG) rose 0.9%.
- Yamana Gold (AUY) retreated 0.9%.
- Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) inched up 0.1%.
- Hecla Mining (HL) fell 1.3%.
- Pan American Silver (PAAS) declined 1.5%.
- Silver Wheaton (SLW) sank 1%.
- Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) pulled back 2.2%.
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.