Silver plunges to Rs53,300, gold down by Rs410

Silver plunges to Rs53,300, gold down by Rs410

New Delhi: Snapping their four-day rally, both the precious metals, silver and gold, nosedived on Thursday on heavy sell-off by stockists, in tandem with a weakening global trend, pushing silver down by Rs7,200 to Rs53,300 per kg and gold by Rs410 to Rs22,170 per 10 grams.

Selling in the precious metals gathered momentum as their prices in global markets fell sharply as the dollar advanced against major currencies, reducing demand for precious metals as an alternative investment.

Gold in global markets, which normally sets a price trend on the domestic front, fell by 0.7% to $1,491.30 an ounce and silver by 5.2% to $33.65 an ounce.

Fall in domestic demand at existing high levels also dampened the market sentiment to some extent.

On the domestic front, silver ready nose-dived by Rs7,200 to Rs53,300 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs7,440 to Rs52,300 per kg. Silver coins also plunged by Rs9,500 to Rs57,500 for buying and Rs58,500 for selling of 100 pieces.

In a similar manner, gold of 99.9 and 99.5% purity dropped by Rs410 each to Rs22,170 and Rs22,050 per 10 grams, respectively. Sovereigns lost Rs100 to Rs18,400 per piece of eight grams.