Gold price steadies above $1,748 after Greek debt deal
Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund clinched agreement on reducing Greece's debt on Monday in a breakthrough to release urgently needed loans to keep the near-bankrupt economy afloat.
The euro rose to its highest level in nearly a month earlier in the day, before erasing much of the rise, while the dollar edged lower against a basket of currencies, supporting sentiment in dollar-priced commodities.
"There is a lot of apathy towards the Europe situation right now," said a Hong Kong-based trader, adding that many investors have chosen to sit on the sidelines as the month-end approaches, and some of them are closing books for the year.
But expectations for continuous monetary easing from central banks around the world boost sentiment in gold, he said.
"The big picture is still driving people to precious metals, because they think the current problem is either not addressed, or won't be realistically solved other than by the current tactic, which is to have central banks and finance ministries working together to stimulate economies," he added.
Spot gold traded nearly flat at $1,749.25 an ounce by 0322 GMT, after climbing to $1,751.40 earlier in the session. U.S. gold was also little changed, at $1,749.50.
Technical analysis suggested that signals will be neutral so long as spot gold
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