A goldsmith arranges ornaments on a manikin in his shop. — AFP/File

Gold ticked up on Monday in line with the international markets amid yet another rupee rout, as traders mostly preferred not to take any adventurous positions a day ahead of the central bank’s monetary policy meeting.

According to the data released by All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) rose by Rs1,200 per tola and Rs1,028 per 10 grams to settle at Rs209,500 and Rs164,645 respectively.

Rupee depreciated 0.44% against the dollar in the inter-bank market on Monday. As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee settled at 285.04, a loss of Rs1.25.

The State Bank of Pakistan is expected to raise the policy rate by 100-200 basis points as inflation is spiralling out of control. Consumer price inflation in Pakistan jumped to a record 35.37% in March from a year earlier.

Gold is often hailed as a hedge against inflation—increasing in value as the purchasing power of the dollar declines.

Pakistan’s monthly inflation blew past forecasts in March and soared to a nearly all-time high level — 35.4% — from a year earlier, with people feeling more pain from some of the fastest rising consumer prices amid straining budgets as cost of living continues to outstrip average incomes.

Last month, the central bank hiked the policy rate by 300 basis points to 20%.

World gold prices bounced back on Monday as the dollar trimmed its initial gains that were driven by bets that OPEC’s surprise output cuts could jack up global energy prices and force central banks to hike interest rates.

Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,977.43 per ounce by 1206 GMT. U.S. gold futures gained 0.4% to $1,994.50.

Earlier in the session, gold touched a one-week low of $1,949.54.

While gold is traditionally considered a hedge against inflation, increasing the interest rates to rein in rising price pressures dims the appeal of the asset since it pays no interest.

Silver prices in the domestic market rose by Rs80 per tola and Rs68.59 per 10 grams to settle at their all-time highs of Rs2,350 and Rs2,014.47, respectively.

International prices of silver fell 0.3% to $24.01 per ounce, platinum was also down 0.3% to $988.60 while palladium rose 0.7% to $1,470.72.

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