Gold prices fall over Rs 11,000 from all-time high, slip below Rs 45,500; where is MCX gold headed?

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March 2, 2021 11:28 AM

Gold prices were trading lower on economic growth optimism due to rise in US bond yields and positive economic data.

gold price, mcx gold, gold rates todayThe risk on sentiment has drawn investors out of safe haven to dollar and equities. Image: Reuters

Gold prices in India edged lower in Tuesday’s session as analysts believe that risk-on sentiment on prospects for stimulus and vaccine-fuelled economic recovery have dimmed the appeal of safe-haven assets. On MCX, gold April futures were trading Rs 208 or 0.46 per cent down at Rs 45,100 per 10 grams. While silver May futures were seen ruling at Rs 67,903 per kg, down Rs 897 or 1.03 per cent. Gold on Multi Commodity Exchange hit a record high Rs 56,191 per 10 grams in August 2020, since it has tumbled Rs 11,901 or 20 per cent, to trade below Rs 46,000-mark. Ajay Kedia, Director, Kedia Advisory, said that even as bullion prices dropped in Tuesday’s session, expectations of increased industrial demand have been limiting further losses.

Gold prices were trading lower on economic growth optimism due to rise in US bond yields and positive economic data, says Tapan Patel, Senior Analyst (Commodities), HDFC Securities. The risk-on sentiment has drawn investors out of safe haven to dollar and equities. Patel told Financial Express Online, that gold prices have been witnessing heavy sell-off since last week with COMEX spot gold prices trading near $1710 per ounce on Tuesday, losing nearly 1 per cent for the day.

Analysts say that it is too early to turn bullish on gold after a sell-off of nearly $100 last week. Bhavik Patel, Senior Technical Research Analyst, Tradebulls Securities, told Financial Express Online, that the gold market is struggling to find consistent momentum on the upside after breaking its crucial support of $1760. Price action suggests to stay cautious. “We have also seen seven consecutive weeks of outflows from the Gold ETF and gold is now coming to the point where it will be categorised as oversold. The sentiment is fragile and we would be closely following the moves of Treasury Yields,” Bhavik Patel said.

Where are MCX gold prices headed?

Tapan Patel said that gold prices are expected to trade sideways to down in the near-term with support at $1690/1650 per ounce. MCX Gold April futures support lies at Rs 44,500 per 10 gram. The infusion of more liquidity of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package will support gold prices as bond yields rally will raise questions over borrowing rates against ultra low-interest rate policy of the US Fed.

Bhavik Patel said that currently, no indicator is suggesting a reversal in gold soon, but the yellow metal might get the support from the sell-off around Rs 44,000 per 10 grams on MCX. Patel advised investors to take long positions at this level. While in the short term, he suggests holding long positions with a stop loss of Rs 44,000. For the long term, Patel remains bullish as easy monetary policy, rising inflation expectations and expectations of sizable stimulus factors still remain intact.

According to Ajay Kedia, MCX gold’s support lies in the range of Rs 44,500-44,600 as weakness in the yellow metal prices in India is attracting physical buying.

(The views and investment tips in this story are expressed by the respective experts of research and brokerage firm. Financial Express Online does not bear any responsibility for their advice. Please consult your investment advisor before investing.)  

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