Gold price upward momentum cools as Cyprus fear ebbs
Cyprus is buying time by extending a bank lockdown to next week, scrambling to avert a financial meltdown after rejecting the terms of a bailout from the European Union and turning to Russia for a lifeline.
The initial shock in the financial markets has faded, as the small size of Cyprus's economy is expected to have a minimal impact on a global scale, and its support for gold may not last long, analysts said.
"Cyprus is not a big story in terms of the size of its economy and the financial involvement," said Dominic Schnider, analyst at UBS Wealth Management in Singapore.
"The question (on gold) at the end of the day is if we have high inflation. If your view is that inflation will gear up faster than interest rates, then the story is still good and gold should recover to $1,800 an ounce 12 months from now," Schnider said.
But he cautioned that gold faces headwinds from a strong dollar, which has risen nearly 4 percent so far this year against a basket of currencies. By comparison, gold has fallen 4 percent.
The Fed said it will press forward with its aggressive policy stimulus despite improvement in the U.S. economy and unfazed by concerns that the large-scale quantitative easing would
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