Gold at Rs 30,000; traders stay away

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A Dreamliner in Air India colours at an airport in Washington
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Indian gold hit the Rs 30,000-mark on Monday, following firm global markets, while a stronger rupee kept the upside limited, with traders unwilling to book deals near the keenly-watched level.

* At 09:39 GMT, the most-traded gold for October delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was 0.21 per cent higher at Rs 29,966 per 10 grams, after hitting a high of Rs 30,004 earlier in the day.

* The contract had touched Rs 30,396 on August 3.

* Global gold inched higher, extending gains from the previous session after better-than-expected U.S. employment data lent support to risk appetite, weighing on the dollar.

* The rupee, which traded stronger on Monday, plays an important role in determining the landed cost of the dollar-quoted yellow metal.

* "Business has come to a standstill... people's money is lying with the banks, they are still waiting for prices below Rs 30,000," said Harshad Ajmera, proprietor of Kolkata-based JJ Gold House.

* Physical demand has already halved in India, the world's biggest consumer in 2011, due to doubling of import duty to 4 per cent. Forecasts of deficient rains are likely to further threaten demand from rural areas, which contribute to 60 per cent of the country's gold imports.

* The festival season starts in August in India, the world's biggest gold buyer in 2011, and continues till November.

* Silver also traded higher following the yellow metal.

* Silver for September delivery on the MCX was 0.17 per cent higher at Rs 53,363 per kg.

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