The rupee strengthened last week against the greenback following heavy dollar selling by exporters, putting a lid on the rising gold price in the domestic market, Commtrendz Research director Gnanasekar Thiagarajan told PTI here.
Going ahead, gold is without direction and now that the rupee is appreciating, gold is likely to be caught in a range of Rs 29,000 to Rs 29,700 per 10 grams, he said.
After plunging 30 percent since last August, and 7 percent in May, late June through July saw rupee gaining by over 5 percent, making it still the worst performer among its Asian peers and the second biggest loser in the entire world after Brazilian real which has lost over 32 percent to date.
The rupee bounced back by 79 paise on Friday to close at one-week high of 55.15 against the US currency following RBI intervention and heavy dollar selling by exporters amid a decline in trade deficit and sustained capital inflows.
In global markets, a weakening dollar aided the slight firming up of prices of the yellow metal, Thiagarajan said.
Gold is likely to trade at USD 1,545-1,610 an ounce (28.35 grams) range in the short-term, he added.
The MCX gold for August delivery closed at Rs 29,277 per 10 grams on Saturday, while in the international spot market it closed at USD 1,588 an ounce on Friday.
As per June data, trade deficit touched a 15-month low, as imports contracted over 15 percent against an export contraction of over 5 percent. That apart, the continuing sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone area, slowing Chinese growth which in Q2 hit a three-year low, and continuing rising unemployment levels in the US also helped the rupee firm up.
Echoing similar views, Angel Commodities head Naveen Mathur said the precious metal is range-bound and is looking for some clear direction.
"If any comments or reports come out, either positive or negative, it will act as a driver on the price front either ways," he added.
Looking at the current situation, gold is likely to trade at Rs 29,400-29,500 in the domestic markets, while in international markets it may move in the USD 1,580-1,590 range, he said, adding that this week it is likely to swing Rs 200-300 either ways.