Gold, Silver Futures Decline as Stocks Rally

NEW YORK (AP) -

Gold and silver futures ended lower Monday, as a rally in the stock market led investors to shy away from safe-haven assets.

The actively traded April contract for gold fell $6.10, or 0.4 percent, to $1,372.90 an ounce. Silver also fell – the May contract lost 14 cents to $21.28 an ounce.

Prices for precious metals, U.S. government bonds and other safe-play assets declined, as the stock market surged Monday following news that factory output rose sharply last month.

That bolstered the growing view that a slowdown in the U.S. economy this winter was temporary and may pass once the extreme winter weather abates. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1 percent and returned to positive territory for the year.

Other metals contracts ended mixed. Copper for May delivery edged up less than a penny to $2.95 a pound. April platinum fell $1.20 to $1,468.40 an ounce and June palladium rose $3.15 to $776.40 an ounce.

In agricultural products, wheat and corn futures fell and soybeans gained.

May wheat fell 13 cents to $6.75 a bushel, and corn for delivery in the same month fell 7 cents to $4.78 a bushel. May soybeans rose 3 cents to $13.92 a bushel.