Silver prices shot up by Rs 200 to a record level of Rs 58,600 per kg in the National Capital on Thursday on sustained buying by stockists driven by a firm global trend while gold declined on reduced off-take at existing higher levels.

Silver is on a record making spree since last five sessions after the metal in overseas markets climbed to a 31-year high by adding 0.60 per cent to USD 39.79 dollar an ounce on a weak dollar. Besides, rising inflation augmented demand for the metal among investors.

However, gold turned bearish as it declined in Asia on the back of speculators booking profits after it rose to a record on Wednesday. Reduced off-take by retail customers at existing higher levels further fuelled the trend.

Gold in global markets, which normally sets the price trend on the domestic front, fell by 0.4 per cent to USD 1,454.35 an ounce, after rising to a record level of USD 1,463.70 an ounce on Wednesday.

On the domestic front, silver ready shot up by Rs 200 to an all-time high of Rs 58,600 per kg, while weekly-based delivery gained Rs 35 to Rs 57,850 per kg. Silver coins continued to be asked at their last level of Rs 64,500 for buying and Rs 65,000 for selling of 100 pieces.

On the other hand, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity declined by Rs 35 each to Rs 21,265 and Rs 21,145 per 10 grams, respectively. Sovereign held steady at Rs 17,550 per piece of eight grams.

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