Retailers say gold even after Thursday’s rise is still under Dh200/gm
Dubai: UAE gold shoppers have been left shaken as gold prices threw a tantrum on Thursday (July 21) evening, shooting up from $1,680 an ounce levels to the current $1,715. Many shoppers who had been planning to buy later today or the weekend have now decided to postpone.
In Dubai Gold Rate terms, the increase has translated into a price increase from Dh192.50 a gram for 22K to Dh194.25 currently. “In dirham terms, this may not seem such a steep climb, but the nature of the hike has been a psychological burden,” said a shopper who had been planning to spend around Dh15,000 this weekend on gold bars as assets. “The increase came out of nowhere, when everyone was talking about gold down to $1,650.
“Gold is still below Dh200 a gram, which is important. But I will decide later whether it’s better to buy or wait.”
The Thursday evening spike had to do with events happening in the US and Frankfurt. First, the European Central Bank went for a 0.50 per cent interest rate hike, the first for the Eurozone in 11 years, and then just after, the US issued data that saw job losses rising. These were all that it took for the markets to bid up gold prices as a safe bet. And left shoppers here dispirited.
Jewellery retailers in the UAE will not be complaining too much, they had their best first-half July sales in the last three- to four years, with the majority of gold buyers using the first drop below Dh200 a gram to stock up. By mid-month, those sales had subsided. Now, shoppers and gold retailers in the UAE await the next buy moment.
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