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Gold prices today drop sharply, silver rates fall



Gold and silver prices in India today fell after a big jump in the previous session. On MCX, August gold futures were down 0.95% to Rs 47,114 per 10 gram after surging about Rs 600 in the previous session. Tracking gold, silver also weakened today, falling 0.4% to Rs 48,125 per kg, following a gain of ₹900 in the previous session. Gold traders are also keeping a close eye on India-China border tensions. Gold is used as a safe investment during times of political and financial uncertainty.

“Gold witnessed profit booking today. There is a fear of a second wave of coronavirus infections which offset optimism around a potential COVID-19 drug and a stronger US dollar,” said Jigar Trivedi, Research Analyst- Commodities Fundamental, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers.

In global markets gold prices fell today pressured by a stronger dollar and as optimism over a potential COVID-19 drug Spot gold was down 0.7% at $1,715.27 per ounce. Among other precious metals, platinum lost 0.9% to $813.31 while silver was up 0.3% at $17.44.

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Global risk sentiment improved after the US Federal Reserve on Monday outlined its corporate bond buying program but fresh coronavirus outbreaks in some parts of the world and geopolitical tensions have offset it, say analysts. Asian stock markets were lower today and US futures declined as investors weighed encouraging signs on policy stimulus against worrying increases in coronavirus cases.

The US dollar has strengthened today after better-than-expected US economic data. US retail sales jumped a record 17.7% in May, blowing past the 8% increase analysts expected. The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of other major currencies, was up 0.22% at 97.13. Gold prices in India are influenced by global rates as well as US dollar-rupee exchange rates.

Courtesy: Live Mint

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