Precious metals saw an up-day on July 20, 2017, after the ECB’s (European Central Bank) president, Mario Draghi, said that policymakers would discuss potential changes in the bond-buying program in autumn. This comment boosted the euro and caused a fall in the US dollar.
Gold futures for August delivery rose 0.28% and ended at $1,245.5 per ounce on July 20. Silver futures for September expiration closely followed gold and rose 0.29% to $16.3 per ounce. Platinum rose 0.94% and ended at $930.3 per ounce. Palladium diverged from its fellow precious metals and fell ~1.3% to close at $852.9 per ounce.
Rebound in price
Draghi’s overall tone remained dovish. If he’d been more hawkish in his comments and not deferred until autumn, precious metals could have risen further. Precious metals are closely associated with the overall uncertainty in the market.
The precious metals–based iShares Gold Trust ETF (IAU) and iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) saw rises of 0.17% and 0.13%, respectively, on July 20. As we can see in the graph above, gold and silver are on a reversal trend and have rebounded from their earlier losses.
Most mining shares saw up days on July 20. The top gainers on the day included New Gold (NGD), Yamana Gold (AUY), Primero Mining (PPP), and Aurico Gold (AUQ) with rises of 3.3%, 3.2%, 2.3%, and 3.6%, respectively. Combined, these four miners make up ~7.7% of the changes in the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)