Gold price drops by Rs500 to Rs237,100 per tola

The local bullion market saw a downturn in its rally on Tuesday, with the price of 24-karat gold dropping by Rs500 per tola to Rs237,100.

This decline comes after a significant increase of Rs19,100 in March, aligning with the upward trend in international gold prices.

According to the Karachi Sarafa Association, the price of 24-karat gold stood at Rs203,275 per 10-gramme, marking a decrease of Rs429 compared to the previous session. Similarly, the price of 22-karat gold was quoted lower at Rs186,335 per 10-gramme.

Meanwhile, silver prices remained steady, with 24-karat silver being sold at Rs2,600 per tola and Rs2,211.93 per 10-gramme.

In the global market, international spot gold continued its upward trajectory, reaching a new peak amid moderated US inflation data.

Gold prices surged to $2,261.03 an ounce on Tuesday, reflecting a 0.42 per cent increase from the previous day’s close.

The US core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index showed a cooling trend in February, with a month-on-month increase of 0.3 per cent and a year-on-year increase of 2.8 per cent.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, addressing concerns about inflation, stated that the recent data did not alter the central bank’s fundamental outlook.

However, he stressed that with the economy showing strength, there was no rush to adjust monetary policy.

Looking ahead, traders are keeping a close watch on Friday’s release of the US nonfarm payrolls report. Another robust jobs report could potentially trigger a pullback in gold prices, as highlighted by Waterer.

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