The price of gold increased by Rs300 as a tola was trading at Rs67,200 Thursday morning, according to data compiled by the All Sindh Saraf and Jewellers Association.
In yet another volatile week, gold prices moved up and down daily, not taking a clear direction. On Monday, the precious metal fell by Rs500 and before rising by as much the next day. It fell by the same margin the following day and was back up to its current level.
The prices compiled by the ASSJA come with a lag of a day after changes in international prices. Pakistani traders adjust gold prices based on price movements in the international market and fluctuation in the dollar rates as well as market forces of demand and supply.
Gold usually goes up when the dollar falls as investors move away from dollar-backed funds to gold and vice versa.
Last year, gold prices increased by 20%, according to the data compiled by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. This was in line with international trends where gold continued to surge and reached a seven-month high. When this report went online, gold futures were trading at $1,292 per ounce in the international market.
In Pakistan, gold prices hit their highest level of Rs68,000 per tola on December 20.