Both the precious metals, gold and silver, extended losses for the second day in the national capital today on sustained selling by stockists in tandem with a weakening global trend.
While gold fell by Rs 95 to Rs 26,625 per 10 grams, silver lost Rs 170 to Rs 40,430 per kg on poor offtake by industrial units and coin makers.
The sentiment remained weak after gold fell in global markets as the dollar surged to three years high after US payrolls rose more than forecast in June, fueling speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back stimulus, traders said.
Gold in New York, which normally sets the price trend on the domestic front, slumped 3.1 per cent to USD 1,212.70 an ounce after touching USD 1,206.90, the lowest since June 28. Silver also tumbled 4.9 per cent to USD 18.73 an ounce, the biggest decline since June 20.
In addition, investors shifting their funds from weakening bullion to firming equity market for quick gains, also dampened the sentiment in precious metals trade.
On the domestic front, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity fell further by Rs 95 each to Rs 26,625 and Rs 26,425 per 10 grams, respectively. It had lost Rs 110 yesterday. Sovereigns remained stable at Rs 24,000 in scattered deals.
Similarly, silver ready lost another Rs 170 to Rs 40,430 per kg, while weekly-based delivery received by Rs 365 to Rs 40,270 per kg, respectively. The white metal had lost Rs 800 in the previous session.
On the other hand, silver coins held steady at Rs 78,000 for buying and Rs 79,000 for selling of 100 pieces.