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Gold traders prefer to stay away; prices extend fall

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Fri, Jul 05, 2013 09:20 hrs
A salesgirl shows a gold necklace to customers at a jewellery showroom in Chandigarh

Mumbai: Gold traders in India, the world's biggest buyer of the metal, preferred to stay on the sidelines as a seasonally slack demand period was underway, with prices extending the fall from their highest in a week.

The RBI banned imports on a consignment basis, making it difficult for jewellers to source raw material. The government also raised import duty on the yellow metal to 8 percent.

"It is difficult to sell even 5 kg per day as the marriage season is almost over," said Daman Prakash Rathod, director with Chennai-based wholesaler MNC Bullion.

The festival and marriage season will restart in August and continue till December.

Gold prices on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) extended losses for a second day on Friday, easing from their highest level in a week.

The actively traded gold contract for August delivery on the MCX was 0.09 percent lower at 26,120 rupees per 10 grams. It hit a high of 26,430 rupees on Wednesday, the highest since June 26.

Silver contract for September delivery on the MCX was 1.19 percent lower at 40,485 rupees per kg.


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  Cities   Price (10g)
  Chennai   Rs. 24500.00 (-0.33%)
  Mumbai   Rs. 25480.00 (-0.08%)
  Delhi   Rs. 25200.00 (0%)
  Kolkata   Rs. 25000.00 (0%)
  Kerala   Rs. 24400.00 (-0.41%)
  Bangalore   Rs. 24450.00 (0%)
  Hyderabad   Rs. 24580.00 (0%)
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