Silver followed suit and climbed by Rs 405 to Rs 45,025 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coins makers.

A similar trend was seen in Mumbai, as gold of 99.9 and 99.5 percent purity traded at Rs 30,480 and Rs 30,330 per ten gram, while silver enquired at Rs 45,850 per kg on fresh buying activity.

Trader said sentiment turned bullish as stockists and retailers indulged in brisk buying for the ongoing marriage season amid a firming global trend.

Gold in overseas markets rose to two-week high, as US jobs data missed estimates and Chinese buyers returned after the Lunar New Year break.

Gold in Singapore, which normally sets price trend on the domestic front, rose by 0.7 percent to USD 1,276.03 an ounce, the highest level since January 27 and silver added 0.7 percent to USD 20.16 an ounce.

On the domestic front, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 percent purity surged by Rs 470 each to Rs 30,670 and Rs 30,470 per ten gram, respectively. It had lost Rs 340 on Saturday's trade.

Sovereign also moved up by Rs 50 to Rs 25,300 per piece of eight gram.

In a similar fashion, silver ready jumped up by Rs 405 to Rs 45,025 per kg and weekly-based delivery by similar margin to Rs 44,775 per kg. The white metal had shed Rs 180 in the previous session.

On the other hand, silver coins held steady at Rs 86,000 for buying and Rs 87,000 for selling of 100 pieces.

(Agencies)

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