* The most-active gold contract for August delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was up 0.55 per cent at Rs 29,734 per 10 grams by 2.01 p.m.
* The rupee, which eased 1 per cent on Thursday, plays an important role in determining the landed cost of the dollar-quoted yellow metal.
* "Today demand is negligible. The drop in rupee raised prices, while buyers are waiting for a correction," said a Mumbai-based dealer with a state-run bank dealing in bullion.
"There is no major event to boost gold buying. If prices come down to Rs 29,000 then we can see pickup in demand," the dealer said.
* International gold prices traded in a tight $6 range around $1,615 an ounce on Thursday ahead of an expected rate cut by the European Central Bank that should boost liquidity and enhance bullion's appeal.
* Poor rainfall in most parts of the country is also weighing on sentiment as monsoon rains are vital to incomes in rural areas, which contribute to 60 percent of gold imports, dealers said.
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