India gold may remain steady for the second day on Friday as physical traders awaited the US payroll report due later in the day before taking any positions. The most-active gold for April delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange was flat at 20,692 rupees per 10 grams at 2:56 pm.
Haresh Acharya, head of bullion desk at Parker Agrochem, said there was "no extraordinary buying in the market". He expects gold to trade in the range of 20,600-20,900 rupees.
"Market is quiet and is expected to remain as we all are waiting for US jobs data, non-farm payrolls report," said Murukesh Kumar, senior analyst at JRG Wealth Management.
The US economy probably recorded a second straight month of solid job growth in March, when non-farm payrolls rose by 190,000, according to a Reuters poll, proof the labor market has turned the corner after lagging the broader economic recovery.
Banks, the primary dealers of gold, were shut for a bank holiday.
The high demand period, when a lot of weddings are scheduled, is currently underway in India, which imported a record of a little over 900 tonnes during last year.