Gold prices Hit Life Time high Above Rs 46,300 per 10 grams

gold futures for June delivery rose 0.85% to Rs 45,680 per 10 grams as against the previous close of Rs 45,294 and openingprice of Rs 45,800 on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). It was at Rs 46300.00 and hadgained 1.45%.

Prices of gold in India include 12.5% import duty and 3% Goods and Services Tax (GST). India imports most of its gold requirement.

In the global market, the yellow metal fell as investors booked profits after prices hit a one-month high last week, while worries over a coronavirus-driven steeper global economic downturn and the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus measures limited bullion’s losses.

Spot gold slipped 0.6% to $1,691.52 per ounce by 0522 GMT, having risen to its highest since March 9 on Friday. US gold futures fell 1.1% to $1,732.90.

The Federal Reserve had on Thursday announced a broad, $2.3 trillion stimulus package in a bid to keep the economy afloat amid the outbreak, which had forced 16.8 million Americans to file for unemployment benefits since the week ended March 21.

“The Fed stimulus is a magnet for gold. Not only does it improve the opportunity cost for holding gold but at some stage it will eventually water down the dollar,” Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at financial services firm AxiCorp, said while speaking to Reuters.

European Union finance ministers also agreed on half-a-trillion euros worth of economic support but left open the question of how to finance recovery in the bloc headed for a steep recession.

Commodity currencies slipped against safe-haven units such as the dollar and yen as a record output cut agreed by major oil-producing nations failed to offset broader concerns about global demand for resources, while world shares fell as investors braced for more economic damages from the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, major physical bullion hubs saw activity dwindle last week due to coronavirus-led restrictions, with strained supply chains cut off from soaring safe-haven demand in some regions.

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Neal Bhai has been involved in the Bullion and Metals markets since 1998 – he has experience in many areas of the market from researching to trading and has worked in Delhi, India. Mobile No. - 9899900589 and 9582247600

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