Gold prices maintained a downtrend for the fifth straight day by losing Rs. 20 to Rs. 30,980 per ten grams in the national capital today on sustained selling by stockists on sluggish demand.

However, silver recovered by Rs. 500 to Rs 58,500 per kg with industrial units and coin makers buying at the prevailing lower levels. The metal had lost Rs. 1,750 in the last four days.

With the five days of losses, including today, gold dropped by Rs. 405 as stockists remained net sellers against the falling demand.

Gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity remained weak and shed Rs 20. each at Rs. 30,980 and Rs. 30,780 per ten grams respectively. Sovereign fell by Rs. 100 to Rs. 25,300 per piece of eight gram.

On the other hand, silver ready recovered by Rs. 500 to Rs. 58,500 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs. 490 to Rs. 58,215 per kg.

However, silver coins continued to see activity at around the previous level of Rs. 82,000 for buying and Rs. 83,000 for selling (100 pieces).

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