Gold extended losses for the second straight session by losing Rs. 215 to Rs. 30,800 per ten gram in the national capital on Tuesday on sustained selling by stockists in line with a weakening global trend.
Silver followed suit and tumbled by Rs. 800 to Rs. 44,000 per kg on poor offtake by industrial units and coin makers.
Traders said sustained selling by stockists in tandem with a weakening global trend, where gold fell to the lowest since July as improving economic growth reduced demand for the precious metal as an alternate investment, mainly pulled down the prices.
Gold prices in New York, which normally sets price trend on the domestic front here, tumbled by 2.5 per cent to USD 1,218.80 an ounce, the lowest since July 8, and silver by 3.7 per cent to USD 19.28 an ounce, the biggest drop since October 31.
Sluggish local demand because retailers refrained from purchases on expectations of more correction in the precious metals in coming days also dampened the sentiment, they said.
On the domestic front, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity plunged further by Rs. 215 each to Rs. 30,800 and Rs. 30,600 per ten gram, respectively. It had lost Rs. 510 on Monday. Sovereign also declined by Rs. 100 to Rs. 25,100 per piece of eight gram.
Silver ready dropped by Rs. 800 to Rs. 44,000 per kg and silver weekly-based delivery by Rs. 955 to Rs. 42,930 per kg, after losing Rs. 275 in the previous session. Silver coins held steady at Rs. 83,000 for buying and Rs. 84,000 for selling of 100 pieces.