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Gold may slip below Rs 10,500/10 grams

business Updated: Aug 17, 2008 10:33 IST
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In line with the steep fall in its price in global markets, gold price in India is expected to fall below the Rs 11,000 mark per 10 grams by September, a top industry official said.

"Gold prices have witnessed a steep fall in line with the global markets and are likely drop further and may touch the Rs 10,400 to Rs 10,600 per 10 grams-mark by September-end," Bombay Bullion Association (BBA) President, Suresh Hundia told PTI in Mumbai on Sunday.

Domestic gold prices in July saw an inverted U shaped trend, rising in the beginning of the month trading initially at Rs 12,900 per 10 grams and then rallying up to a peak of Rs 13,567 per 10 grams by mid month. Gold then began its downward journey and at the end of the month finished at Rs 12,557 per 10 grams, much below the level it had initially begun.

The gold price dropped from Rs 12,705 on July 26 to the present Rs 11,300 per 10 grams in the local bullion market.

In the international market, the yellow metal dipped below $800 an ounce for the first time since December 2007.

As US economists see improved prospects for its economy, the dollar becomes more attractive as an investment. And as the dollar becomes more attractive, particularly in times of crisis, gold has lost its lustre, as have other precious metals.