Gold Rises After Ukraine Turmoil Reignites

The price of spot gold rose on Tuesday morning with concerns that violence in Ukraine was on the verge of escalating. But any predictions of an immediate bull market for the precious metal could be premature, according to market analysts.

Spot gold hit $1,312 an ounce by 11:00 a.m. London time with a rise of 1.2 percent for the session. It closed at $1,296 on Monday evening. This comes after gold broke above its 200-day moving average on Friday, an important metric used by analysts to gauge longer term trends for an asset class. Silver closely tracked its bigger brother with a gain of 1.4 percent since the start of Tuesday trading.

Traditionally gold is used as a safe haven by investors in times of volatility and geopolitical tension. And this proved no different on Tuesday with tensions flaring once again in Ukraine following Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month.

Around 70 people were arrested in eastern city Kharkiv after pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings. This follows demonstrations in the area which have added to fears that the Russian government may intervene directly in its struggling neighbor. That in turn would lead to further economically-damaging sanctions from Western governments.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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