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Gold futures are broadly flat on Wednesday tracking the international spot prices. Investors held back from making big bets ahead of US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting minutes which are expected to give more clarity on the FOMC's hawkish stance ahead. At MCX, Gold price is currently near 52,200, while silver is trading near 60, 950. While 24 carat gold in 10 grams is cheaper by 110 today. However, gold is expected to witness to some extent a steady performance during the day with silver mirroring its movement.

At MCX, gold futures maturing December 5, is trading at 52,208 at the time of writing, down by 81 or 0.15%. While silver futures also maturing on December 5, are trading at 60,983 lower by 3.

Meanwhile, a 24-carat gold in 10 grams is cheaper by 110 on Wednesday to 52,640, while in 100 grams the same carat is at 5,26,400 down by 1,100. Further, 22 carat in 10 grams is available at 48,250 lower by 100, and the 100 grams in the same is priced at 4,82,500 below 1,000 compared to the previous day, as per GoodReturns data.

In its intraday outlook, ICICI Direct's note said, MCX gold prices traded flat on Tuesday after retreating as much as 1% in the last session despite a drop in US dollar index, with the focus turning to minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest meeting for clues on future rate hikes. Further, bullion prices were supported by a drop in US 10 years treasury yields.

For November 23, ICICI Direct expects gold prices to trade with a positive bias for the day amid weakness in the US dollar and a decline in US treasury yields. Meanwhile, traders will remain cautious ahead of FOMC meeting minutes and major economic data to get clues on further interest rate hikes. MCX Gold is likely to surpass the hurdle of 52,450 to start its upward trend towards the level of 52,600.

While the stock brokerage expects MCX silver prices are expected to take cues from gold prices and rise toward 61,850 level for the day.

On the global front, US gold futures slipped marginally to around $1,736 per ounce compared to the previous closing of $1,739.90. The gold futures did open at $1,741 per ounce before correcting. While COMEX gold trades flat near $1740 per ounce after a muted ending on Tuesday.

Ravindra V.Rao, CMT, EPAT VP-Head Commodity Research Kotak Securities said, "Gold has been trading steady since it fell by 0.86% at the start of the week.US Dollar Index (DXY)is trading slightly lower after a 0.57% drop in the previous session. DXY recovered to trade as high as 107.47 but didn’t sustain as 107.50 is good support turned resistance. Gold and US Dollar are driven by hopes of a smaller rate hike by the Fed in its upcoming meetings. Focus will now shift to flash PMI numbers from US along with the FOMC meeting minutes. Weaker PMI print and a dovish language in FOMC minutes might be supportive for gold. On the price front if the price sustains below $1740-$1735 zone on a closing basis the correction might deepen towards $1706 or else recovery can be seen till $1762/oz."


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