Gold falls, loses Rs 600

Gold falls, loses Rs 600

A sharp fall in gold prices is a good news for gems and jewellery exporters who will be able to source yellow metal at lower rates and compete better in the global market, industry sources said.

After seeing the steepest ever fall of Rs 1,540 per ten gram in a single intra-day market, gold lost Rs 600 today on cues from the global market where investors are busy shuffling their investment portfolios.

Gold closed the day at Rs 26,740 per 10 grams in the Delhi market.

The exporters feel that they would stand to gain if gold prices continue to decline, along with a fall in rupee against dollar. The Indian currency is near Rs 50-to-a-dollar mark, weakening by about nine per cent within this month. A weak local currency results in higher net realisation for foreign exchange earned by exporters.

Indian gems and jewellery industry imports about 80 per cent of its raw material, including gold and rough diamonds from countries like Africa and Russia.

"It (fall in gold prices) is a good sign because a company can import the yellow metal at a lower rate bringing down the cost of the end-product which is meant to be exported further," Director General of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Ajay Sahai said.

The situation would lead to an increased business for the exporters, he added.
The UAE is the main destination for India's gems and jewellery, accounting for 31 per cent of the total exports, followed by Hong Kong and the US.

However, Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council Vice Chairman Sanjay Kothari said so much volatility is not good.

With consignments of USD 33.54 billion, gems and jewellery was India's third-largest export item in 2010-11.

During April-August period this fiscal, gems and jewellery exports grew by an annual 16 per cent to USD 18.12 billion.

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