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Domestic gold prices fall sharply

Update: September, 12/2017 - 15:00
Customers buy gold at the Bảo Tín Minh Châu gold shop in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Gold prices slumped in the Vietnamese market on Tuesday morning. On the Hà Nội market, selling price of one tael, or 1.205 ounces, of State-owned SJC’s gold declined by VNĐ190,000 (US$8.3) to VNĐ36.75 million. 

On the buying side, the price of each tael also fell VNĐ160,000, trading at VNĐ36.53 million.

In the southern cities of HCM and Cần Thơ and central Đà Nẵng City, one tael of SJC’s gold declined VNĐ250,000 during selling, trading at VNĐ36.73 million. Meanwhile, one tael was being bought at VNĐ36.53 million.

Bảo Tín Minh Châu Gold Jewellery Company and Doji Gold and Jewellery Corporation (DOJI) listed their selling prices at VNĐ36.68 million and VNĐ36.70 million, respectively. Buying rates of their gold were listed at VNĐ36.62 million and VNĐ36.60 million, respectively.

On the Asian market, gold is trading at some $1,325 per ounce, equivalent to VNĐ36.36 million per tael.

On global gold trading website Kitco.com, the price of gold slipped 1.2 per cent per ounce to end at $1,330.24 per ounce, the largest drop since July 3. Last Friday, global gold price hit a yearly peak of $1,357.54 per ounce.

Thus, the price of one tael of gold in Việt Nam is some VNĐ410,000 higher than that on the world market.

Global gold prices declined due to an upward trend in the dollar rate following an uptick in risk appetite fuelled by relief that North Korea did not test-fire missiles or conduct nuclear tests over the weekend as some had feared, Reuters reported.

Assets traded primarily in dollars, such as gold, are very sensitive to currency fluctuations. An increase in the dollar rate will lead to gold becoming more expensive compared with other currencies and the demand for gold also decreases, the website said.

Meanwhile, the worst-case scenario due to Hurricane Irma’s impact, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, looked to have been avoided, easing concerns of investors about the negative impact of the storm on the US economy. — VNS

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