Here are 10 things to know about gold, silver prices:
1. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity surged by Rs 170 each to Rs 31,820 and Rs 31,670 per ten gram, respectively. Sovereign however held flat at Rs 24,800 per piece of eight gram.
2. Sentiment remained firm on the back of a higher trend overseas as the dollar weakened, raising demand for gold as a safe haven, said traders.
3. Besides, pick-up in buying by local jewellers to meet the ongoing wedding season demand at domestic spot market supported the uptrend in gold.
4. Globally, gold rose 0.40 per cent to $1358.70 an ounce and silver by 0.36 per cent to $16.88 an ounce in Singapore.
5. Dealers in India offered a discount of up to $3 an ounce on Friday over official domestic prices, compared to a premium of $1.50 last week, said the Reuters report. Discount on gold was offered this week for the first time in three weeks as demand for the yellow metal slumped earlier due to a jump in local rates.
7. Gold demand in the country was likely to remain below its 10-year average for a third year in 2018 as higher taxes and new transparency rules on purchases were expected to cap last year's rebound in buying, the World Gold Council said this month.
8. Demand in the rest of Asia picked up in the first half of the week as people bought gold ahead of Lunar New Year. Gold prices edged higher on Friday, heading for their biggest weekly percentage gain in nearly two years.
9. Premiums in China eased to $3-$4 an ounce from about $7-$8 at beginning of the week.
10. In Japan, gold was sold in a range at par with the benchmark and a 10 cent premium as demand rose after yen strengthened in the week, a Tokyo-based trader said. (With Agencies Inputs)
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