Marketmen said apart from increased buying by jewellers and retailers to meet upcoming festive season demand, a firming global trend on speculation prices near an eight-month low will spur more buying as the US Federal Reserve begins a two-day policy meeting, also boosted the sentiment. Gold in London, which normally sets the price trend on the domestic front, rose by 0.3 per cent to USD 1,236.63 an ounce and silver by 0.2 per cent to USD 18.72 an ounce. In Delhi, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity added Rs 10 each to Rs 27,460 and Rs 27,260 per ten gram respectively.
It had gained Rs 80 yesterday. Sovereigns, however, moved in a tight range in scattered deals and settled at last level of Rs 24,400 per piece of eight grams. Similarly, silver ready rose further by Rs 100 to Rs 41,600 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs 90 to Rs 41,540 per kg. The white metal had gained Rs 250 in last trade. On the other hand, silver coins maintained a steady trend at Rs 71,000 for buying and Rs 72,000 for selling of 100 pieces.