New Delhi: Silver prices slumped below the Rs 40,000 per kg level by falling Rs 500 to Rs 39,800 per kg at the bullion market on Saturday, tracking a weak trend overseas amid reduced industrial offtake.
Gold, however, ruled steady at Rs 31,250 per ten grams largely on scattered buying.
Gold of 99.9 percent and 99.5 percent purity ruled flat at Rs 31,250 and Rs 31,100 per ten grams respectively. Sovereign followed suit and maintained a steady trend at Rs 24,800 per piece of eight grams.
Traders yesterday observed a 'bandh' to protest against the ongoing sealing of business establishments in the city.
Marketmen said apart from a weak trend overseas, fall in demand from industrial units and coin makers at domestic spot market mainly led to fall in silver prices.
Globally, silver fell 3.63 percent to USD 16.58 an ounce and gold by 1.22 percent to USD 1,331.90 an ounce in New York yesterday.
In the national capital, silver ready plunged by Rs 500 to Rs 39,800 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs 835 to Rs 38,605 per kg.
Silver coins, however, held steady at Rs 74,000 for buying and Rs 75,000 for selling of 100 pieces.