- Gold for delivery in December was down by Rs 104 to Rs 29,750/10 gram
- Sales were higher by up to 20% on a daily basis, say traders
- However, experts not hopeful of an uptick in gold demand during Diwali
Here are 10 things that you must know about gold trade today on Dhanteras:
1) Gold price plunged by Rs 140 to Rs 30,710. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity fell by Rs 140 each to Rs 30,710 and Rs 30,560 per ten gram, respectively.
2) In futures trading at the Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX), gold for delivery in December too was down by Rs 104, or 0.35 per cent at Rs 29,750 per ten gram.
3) In the international market, gold fell 0.45 per cent to trade at $1,288.70 an ounce in Singapore.
3) However, as compared to last year's Dhanteras, gold prices have gone up marginally by Rs 120, or 0.39 per cent.
4) Bullion traders said sales were higher by up to 20 per cent on a daily basis as people bought gold as an investment.
5) The government's revocation of an order that mandated Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar for purchases above Rs 50,000 also spurred retail buying but weak trend overseas weighed on gold prices.
6) The dollar strengthened against a basket of major currencies. Thus investors were not much interested in the safe haven metal. This led to the fall in gold prices.
7) Experts are not very hopeful of an uptick in gold demand during Diwali. "Even this Diwali, we will see gold buying like every year but nothing overwhelming that significantly lifts demand. This again, in a way, is a reflection that India continues to remain a price taker and global macros continue to set the price of gold. Given that the dollar index has appreciated over the past two days, some correction in gold prices is being seen despite auspicious buying during Dhanteras," Chirag Mehta, Senior fund Manager, Alternative Investments, Quantum Mutual Fund, told NDTV.
8) Investors pulled out Rs 388 crore from gold exchange-traded funds between April to September 2017, PTI reported.
9) Meanwhile, MCX on Tuesday launched the country's first gold options contracts, news agency Reuters said. "Gold Option contract, with Gold (1 Kg) futures as underlying, expiring on November 28, 2017, and January 29, 2018, are made available for trading from today," the exchange said in a statement.
10) India is the world's second-biggest buyer of gold, typically importing around 800 tonnes a year. (With Agencies inputs)