Gold Sinks as U.S. Dollar Rallies

Gold Silver GLD IAU SLVGold gave back most of the prior day’s gain, falling modestly on Thursday after a European banker’s comments pushed the euro down and the U.S. dollar higher.

The European Central Bank left current record-low interest rates unchanged. ECB President Mario Draghi said that the central bank would not “exclude further monetary-policy easing” in order to stimulate the continent’s sluggish economy. The remark extended the U.S. dollar’s gains against the euro.  The dollar drew additional strength from rising expectations that the Labor Department will report solid March employment growth on Friday.

Gold futures for June delivery fell 0.5% to $1,284.60 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold prices were as high as $1,294.20 and as low as $1,281.90. Bullion closed in London at $1,288, according to BullionVault.

Silver futures for May delivery dropped 1.2% to settle at $19.81 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $20.08, while the low was $19.66.

Metal funds faded on Thursday.

  • The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) slipped 0.3%.
  • The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) dipped 0.2%.
  • The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) fell 0.7%.

Mining ETFs sank during the day.

  • The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) slid 1%.
  • The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) dropped 2.4%.
  • The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) fell 1.4%.

Gold stocks retreated on Thursday.

  • Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) slid 0.6%.
  • Barrick Gold (ABX) fell 1.5%.
  • Eldorado Gold (EGO) dipped 0.1%.
  • Goldcorp (GG) dropped 1.7%.
  • Kinross Gold (KGC) sank 1.4%.
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) slipped 0.5%.
  • NovaGold Resources (NG) tumbled 3.2%.
  • Yamana Gold (AUY) moved down 0.6%.

Silver mining shares declined during the day.

  • Coeur d’Alene Mines (CDE) slid 2.1%.
  • Hecla Mining (HL) dropped 2.5%.
  • Pan American Silver (PAAS) sank 0.9%.
  • Silver Wheaton (SLW) fell 1%.
  • Silver Standard Resources (SSRI) slid 1.7%.

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.

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