Gold buying retreats; rupee weakness hurts

Gold buying retreats; rupee weakness hurts

Mumbai: India gold buying retreated on Monday afternoon, after witnessing a slight pick-up in the last session, as traders awaited falls in prices and a weaker rupee restricted its downside, dealers said.

“There are no deals today... even the rupee is not supporting. Friday was good, we did about 100 kgs in between $1,197-1,217 (an ounce)," said a dealer with a state-run bank in Mumbai.

International gold, which guides the domestic markets, was trading $1,215.10/1,215.90 an ounce as against the previous close of $1,218.00/1,222 on Friday.

Gold was slightly lower but bullion priced in euros hit a record high in Asian trade as investors sought safety amid mounting worries about eurozone debt which have knocked down the single currency.

“Anything below $1,200 could help in buying," said another dealer with a private bank.

The Indian rupee dropped to its lowest level in nearly two weeks, hurt by a sharp slide in domestic shares that raised concerns about more capital outflows while a broadly strong dollar also weighed.

A weaker rupee made the dollar-quoted asset expensive.

India gold trade has been witnessing slackness in buying since the start of May as record high prices dented demand.

May imports fell to around 17-18 tonnes from 28.6 tonnes in the same month a year ago, the head of Bombay Bullion Association (BBA) Suresh Hundia, told Reuters on 28 May.