Gold sparkles as rupee slides over IMF deal delay

Silver price in domestic market remains unchanged at Rs2,250 per tola

Business Desk
An undated image of a goldsmith showing a necklace to a customer. — AFP/File
An undated image of a goldsmith showing a necklace to a customer. — AFP/File

  • Gold price settles at Rs207,900 per tola.
  • Price of gold is Rs9,000 per tola “undercost” in Pakistan.
  • Silver prices in domestic market remain unchanged.

Gold prices rose on Wednesday yet again as delay in the revival of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme dented the rupee and drove some bets for better physical demand from bullion consumers.

Data released by All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA) showed that the price of gold (24 carats) surged by Rs2,300 per tola and Rs1,973 per 10 grams to settle at Rs207,900 and Rs178,241.

The IMF wants external financing commitments fulfilled from friendly countries before it releases bailout funds; however, the delay dented the sentiments of investors in the currency market bolstering demand for gold.

Gold price moves in line with the rupee-dollar parity as the country meets almost all its gold demand through imports, and traders follow its international price in setting rates in the country.

Jewellers import the metal against the US dollar and UAE dirham before converting its price into rupees.

Moreover, a hike in seasonal demand added fuel to the rising prices in the local bullion market. Cumulatively, the precious commodity gained Rs3,300 per tola in two sessions (Tuesday-Wednesday).

The association also mentioned that the price of gold is Rs9,000 per tola “undercost” in Pakistan, as compared to the Dubai market, showing that the Pakistani gold market was currently cheaper than the global.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market remained unchanged at Rs2,250 per tola and Rs1,929 per 10 grams, respectively.

In the international market, the per-ounce price settled at $1,967 after an increase of $10 despite investors trickling back into riskier assets, betting that risks of contagion from the global banking crisis have been curbed for now.