Gold & Silver

Gold prices inch lower tracking global weakness

Rutam V Vora | | Updated on: Dec 07, 2021
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Comex gold shows steady recovery from Dec 2 lows

Gold prices came under pressure on Tuesday. MCX Gold Futures for most active February contract opened negative at ₹ 47,900 per 10 grams, marginally down by ₹14 from previous close.

Silver prices tracked broader weak sentiment in the bullion. MCX silver futures for March contract opened at ₹61,221 a kg, lower by ₹49 from previous close.

India gold and silver reflected the weak trends in the international bullion, which edged lower primarily on account of the strengthening of the US Dollar and the US Treasury yields. But the slide in the precious metals was contained due to the concerns on the Chinese economy and uncertainty around the global spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Comex Gold, Silver rule steady

CME Gold Futures for the most active February contract was last quoted at $ 1778 an oz (oz is equal to approx 28.3 grams), which is $1.5 lower from the prior settle of $ 1779.5. Notably, Comex Gold has shown steady improvement from its multi-week lows of $ 1762.2 quoted on December 2. The slow but steady recovery is backed by the global economic uncertainties following the Omicron spread.

CME Silver March Futures opened firm at $ 22.395 an oz, higher than previous close of $ 22.300. Prices have recovered from the multi-week lows of $ 22.035 recorded on Friday, levels last seen on October 1.

MCX Gold, Silver Futures lose steam

After nearly flat opening, MCX Gold Futures started sliding as equities showed remarkable improvement. MCX Gold February was last quoted at ₹47,829, lower by ₹85 from previous close. The Open interest for the February contract was 9,188 lots, about 15 lots higher than previous close.

MCX Silver Futures too slipped after making nearly flat opening. MCX Silver March was down by Rs 69 from previous close and last quoted at ₹61,201. Open interest increased to 13,294 lots, higher by 20 lots from from previous position.

Spot Gold under pressure

Amidst weakness in physical demand, spot gold remained under pressure. Ahmedabad spot gold was last quoted at ₹47,690 lower from ₹48,031 quoted on November 30. Spot silver was last quoted at ₹60,755, losing by about ₹5,000 from ₹65,798 quoted on November 22. The instability of prices and global weakness in the precious metals kept buyers unsure of making fresh purchases.

Outlook

Factors that will influence gold price movement is the US consumer price data, which will give a cue on US Federal Reserve's monetary policy strategy. Analysts expect gold getting support at ₹47,817, while it may see resistance at ₹48,026. Silver prices are likely to see a support at ₹60,831 and resistance is expected at ₹61,713.

Published on December 07, 2021

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