New Delhi: Gold prices surged Rs 800 to hit an all-time high of Rs 36,970 per 10 gram at the bullion market here amid strong trend overseas as investors preferred the yellow metal due to the escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China. Tracking the movement of gold, silver also soared Rs 1,000 to 43,100 per kg on the back of robust demand from industrial units and coin makers.
The US last week announced that it would impose a 10 percent tariff on Chinese imports worth $300 billion starting 1st September and said it could raise duties further if China’s President Xi Jinping failed to move more quickly towards a trade deal.
Besides, a weaker rupee also contributed to the rise in the yellow prices as the domestic currency fell by 99 paise to Rs 70.59 vis-a-vis dollar, making imports costlier. The rupee closed at 69.60 on Friday. “Gold price of Rs 36,970 per 10 gram is the highest in the domestic market till date,” said Surendra Jain, vice-president of All India Sarafa Association.Globally, gold was trading up 1.13 percent at $1,457.30 an ounce, while silver traded 1.51 percent higher at $16.53 an ounce.In the national capital, gold of 99.9 percent and 99.5 percent purity surged Rs 800 to Rs 36,970 and Rs 36,800 per 10 gram, respectively. Gold prices had risen by Rs 540 to Rs 36,170 per 10 gm on Saturday.
Sovereign gold also increased by Rs 100 to Rs 27,600 per eight gram on Monday.Silver ready rose Rs 1,000 to 43,100 per kg, while weekly-based delivery jumped Rs 1,039 to Rs 42,403 per kg.Price of silver coins held flat at Rs 85,000 for buying and Rs 86,000 for selling of 100 pieces.