Gold traders today booked stray deals after a three-week long strike, seeking to replenish stocks for a gold buying festival slated later in the month, dealers said.
* "Few orders are there on the lower side... market is slowly gearing up ahead of Akshaya Tritiya," said a dealer with a private bullion importing bank in Mumbai.
* Jewellers in India, the world's largest consumer of the yellow metal, ended their three-week strike on Saturday after assurance the federal government would consider scrapping a budget proposal to levy excise duty on unbranded jewellery.
* Gold buying festival, Akshaya Tritiya, is due later on April 24, when Indians buy gold to invoke prosperity.
* Traders said a 4% fall in prices could activate the gold market.
* "People will be buying now after closing shops for weeks together as wedding season is on," said Harshad Ajmera, proprietor of JJ Gold House. "There were good retail sales yesterday."
* Gold for June delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was up 0.48% at Rs 28,333 per 10 grams.
* "A level of Rs 27,200-27,500 will be good enough for market to activate," said the private bank dealer.
* Silver for May delivery traded steady at Rs 56,254 per kg.