Mumbai: Gold suffered further setback and and plunged below Rs 27,000 per 10 gm mark at the local bullion market Friday on heavy speculative selling on the back of overnight global commodity meltdown.
Silver also dropped sharply due to frantic unwinding from stockists and traders.
Standard gold of 99.5 percent purity shed Rs 265 to conclude at Rs 26,895 per 10 gm from Thursday's closing level of Rs 27,160.
Pure gold of 99.9 percent purity also lost by a similar margin to close at Rs 27,030 per 10 gm from Rs 27,295 yesterday.
Silver ready (.999 fineness) plunged by Rs 765 to finish at Rs 42,350 per kg over its previous closing level of Rs 43,115.
Globally, the yellow metal crashed below the USD 1,300 an ounce mark on the back of panic liquidation from hedge funds and investors pressured by US central bank's decision to curtail its bullion-friendly bond buying programme earlier- than-expected.
Gold for August delivery tanked USD 87.80, or 6 per cent, to close at USD 1,286.20 an ounce on the Comex division of the NYMEX late yesterday. Silver July contract plummeted USD 1.80 to settle at USD 19.82 an ounce.
First Published: Friday, June 21, 2013, 20:20