Local gold prices Wednesday slid about VND500,000 off the all-time high to VND32.8-32.9 million, while dollar prices kept pushing forward to VND20,100 in the black market.
Ho Chi Minh City’s SJC bullion was listed at VND32.8 million a tael and VND32.9 million a tael for bid and ask respectively, down VND70,000 a tael from opening prices. A tael is equal to 37.5 grams or 1.2 troy ounces.
Local gold trading was lackluster this morning as investors stayed on the sidelines on price volatility. Bid and ask spread were mostly narrowed to VND100,000 a tael to encourage profit-taking.
In Asia trade this morning, spot gold was flat at $1,336 an ounce. It fell to a two-week low of $1,334.45 on Tuesday, compared to an all-time high of $1,387.10 hit last week.
In the local forex market, dollar bid and ask prices at gold shops rallied to VND20,000 and VND20,050. But Vietcombank’s dollar bid and ask were unchanged at VND19,490 and VND19,500 respectively.
In the global market, the dollar soared at the news that China central bank raised the lending interest rate by 0.025 percent to curb inflation and cooling off the overheating realty market, and held steady on Wednesday morning as investors poised to cut short positions.
Vietnam central bank governor on Tuesday ruled out the rumors of another dong devaluation, adding that the central bank will likely take actions to improve the liquidity in the market in the coming time.