NEW DELHI: With the government scrapping high-denomination notes to curb black money, gold prices shot up to three-year high of Rs 31,750 per ten gram, gaining a whopping Rs 900.
The government on Tuesday had banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in a bid to curb black money. On Wednesday, gold reached at its highest closing level of Rs 31,820 after November 19, 2013 in the bullion market.
“The bullion demand has got a boost as people having huge funds in cash, were seen converting their wealth into gold as a safe-haven”, said Rakesh Anand, a Delhi-based jeweller, reflecting the market mood.
Moreover, the rupee weakening against the US dollar by 23 paise to 66.85 (intra-day) at the forex market, made dollar-quoted precious metal expensive. India imports huge quantities of gold to meet domestic demand.
Sentiment also got a boost after gold jumped nearly five per cent in global market to its strongest in more than five weeks as investors sought safe havens in view of Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the US election.
Gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity rallied by Rs 900 each to Rs 31,750 and Rs 31,600 per 10 gram, a level last seen on November 19, 2013. Sovereign also shot up by Rs 200 to Rs 24,700 per piece of eight grams.
In a similar fashion, silver ready surged by Rs 1,150 to Rs 45,000 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs 1,225 to Rs 44,275 per kg. Silver coins too spurted by Rs 1,000 to Rs 77,000 for buying and Rs 78,000 for selling of 100 pieces.
Gold in Singapore, which sets the price trend in the market, soared as much as 4.8 per cent, the biggest intra-day surge since June to $1,337.38 an ounce....