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Rupee drops to record low of 139.25 against US dollar

KARACHI: The escalation in tension on Pakistan-India border weighed on economies of the two neighbouring nuclear-armed nations as their currencies and stocks dipped, while gold surged on Wednesday.25 against US dollar Rupee drops to record low of 139.

Gold price rise to historic high of Rs70,000, amid growing Pak-India tensions By Salman Siddiqui0SHARES In case of Pakistan, the rupee closed at a record low of 139.25 to the US dollar in the inter-bank market and gold hit an all-time high of Rs70,000 per tola (11.66 grams) as Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets and arrested a pilot in bordering areas in retaliation to violation of Pakistan’s airspace by India air forces.Rupee could easily settle at 150 in next six monthsA banker, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the geo-political tension remained the leading reason behind the fresh fall in value of the rupee.
Besides, uptrend in international oil prices for the past few days also pushed the rupee down against the dollar as Pakistan remained a net energy importer, which requires hefty dollars in times when its foreign currency reserves continue to deplete. The fall in the rupee and stocks prompted investors to relocate to the safe haven of gold.
This resulted in enhancement of gold price to an all-time high, a jeweller and a commodity expert commented.The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported that the rupee dropped Rs0.37 to record low average closing of Rs139.25 in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.
It has depreciated by a cumulative Rs0.70 in the first three days of the week in progress, according to the central bank.The banker noted the US Brent crude oil price has elevated by around $10 per barrel to $65 in the last two weeks.Govt not to artificially control rupee value: Finance minister.The uptrends convinced oil importers in Pakistan to buy more dollars in the inter-bank market, which caused depreciation in the rupee value.
“The rupee may dip to Rs140-142 against the US dollar if the oil price maintains the upward trend in the next one week to 10 days,” the banker said.Pakistan Forex Association President Malik Bostan pointed out that geo-political tensions pulled the PSX benchmark KSE-100 Index below 39,000 points from around 42,000 points in the recent past.
“The escalating tension convinced foreign investors at the PSX to leave,” he said. “The situation created additional demand for dollars.”Foreign investors, who remained net sellers for over three years, have sold stocks worth net $941,294 in the past two days, according to the National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL).Bostan added that currency retail markets suspended their operations for a limited duration during the day following escalation in tension and Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan’s announcement that it was closing airspace for commercial flights.
He said currency dealers import dollars from Dubai against exporting other surplus foreign currencies like UAE dirham and Saudi riyal.The suspension of flights sparked panic among the dealers as to how they would import dollars now.“However, the central bank assured swift supply of dollars in the market through commercial banks,” he said. “We have placed an order for $2 million and commercial banks will supply the amount on Thursday to the currency dealers.” The assurance from the central bank helped keep the rupee stable at retail markets where it closed at Rs139.20 to the US dollar after briefly hiking to Rs139.70 during the day, he said.All Sindh Saraf and Jewellers Association President Haji Haroon Chand said the gold price surged Rs650 per tola to a record high of Rs70,000 following deprecation in rupee against the dollar and a nominal $2 per ounce increase in gold price to $1,327 per ounce in international market.“The gold partly surged due to expected additional demand anticipated to come from investors who usually invest in the commodity during times of geo-political tensions,” he said. Rays Commodity Chief Operating Officer Adnan Agar added the gold surged following investors relocating a part of their investment to the safe haven of gold.
Otherwise, gold price largely remained stable at around $1,325 per ounce at international markets.“The expected poor US economic growth data (due to the longest US governed shutdown in the recent past) to be released on Thursday may push gold price up again to $1,345 an ounce in the days to come,” he anticipated.

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Gold surges to new all-time high of Rs69,600 per tola

KARACHI: Gold hit a new all-time high at Rs 69,600 per tola (11.66 grams) in Pakistan, as the global commodity out shined due to support coming from the weakening US dollar at world markets, ahead of the release of the US Fed outlook on its interest rate 66 grams) in Pakistan, as the global commodity out shined due to support coming from the weakening US dollar at world markets, ahead of the release of the US Fed outlook on its interest rate regime.
Bullion surged by a notable 1.6%, or Rs 1,100 per tola, to a record high, in line with the uptick in international markets, where it recovered by a staggering $16 an ounce (31.1 grams) to a 10-month high of $1,344 per ounce. The increase came just before the All Sindh Saraf and Jewellers Association announced the gold price for local markets for the next 24-hours in the second-half of the day on Wednesday, according to the association.“A 32% rupee depreciation against the US dollar in the last 14 months helped gold price surge higher in Pakistani markets than the global one,” Arif Habib Commodities CEO and MD Ahsan Mehanti told The Express Tribune.“The gold price surged ahead of the release of US-FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) minutes of the January meeting (at around 24 o’clock according to Pakistan’s standard time on Wednesday), which is expected to hint a status quo in US interest rate (at 2.5%), going forward,” Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) officials disclosed on the condition of anonymity.“The US dollar index (a basket of world’s major currencies) has weakened over 1% in the recent days.
The situation invited increased trade in gold at PMEX,” he said.Trading in bullion improved over 60% in recent days at PMEX, he cautiously estimated.
“The Pakistan-India tension on the border made investors in Pakistan return to safe haven,” Mehanti said.Rays Commodities Chief Operating Officer Adnan Agar anticipated gold may go as high as $1,358-1,360 per ounce under the current cycle of uptick at world markets.He said going forward, the likely status quo in the US interest rate is expected to keep the dollar weak and fuel uptick in gold at global, 2019.

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