Gold prices are likely to hold in the range of Rs 30,000-34,000 per ten grams until Diwali in the domestic market, and internationally the yellow metal might be in $ 1,260-1,400 an ounce level, Commtrendz Risk Management director Gnanasekar Thiagarajan told PTI here.
“Price would have absorbed the effect of rate hikes and rate hikes would only confirm inflationary expectations, which could increase the appeal for bullion as a inflationary hedge then. And with domestic currency poised to weaken further prices could test previous highs around Diwali,” he added.
In India, gold on June 8 closed at Rs 31,010 per 10 grams and while in New York it closed at $ 1,302.70 an ounce.
Globally, Thiagarajan said, gold prices have been in a range being capped by rising yields and dollar, and supported by global uncertainties and geo-political tensions, but it is holding well in spite of a strengthening dollar.
“With more rate cuts, the dollar could eventually come under pressure as cost of doing business increases in the US. So, I see the possibility of investors moving towards gold by the end of the second quarter in a big way,” he added.
Commodity & Currency managing director Priti Rathi was of the view that gold price is likely to trade in the range of Rs 31,500-31,800 by Diwali.
“However, the long-term chart for gold shows, prices are mildly bullish and seem to trade in the $ 1,200-1,350 range. We expect tight supply situation, geopolitical concerns, a possibly weak dollar and higher inflation might help price to work higher,” she said.
She said, by the end of 2018, the prices are expected to trade sideways to higher with a possible average target of $ 1,350 (Rs 31,800).