oil prices

A Focus on Italy, Korea, Turkey & Oil Prices as U.S. and Britain Observing Holidays

May 28, 2018

Italian President Mattarella rejected the League/5-Star choice for economy/finance minister, whereupon that coalition withdrew its bid to lead Italy’s government and called for Mattarella’s impeachment and immediate election. Mattarella then asked former IMF Director of Fiscal Policy Cottarelli to form a provisional governing coalition. Elections likely no later than the autumn. Italian share prices dived 1.3%, […] More

Sub-$40 Oil Spreads Gloom to Other Markets

August 3, 2016

WTI oil got a little bounce after yesterday’s drop but remains below the critical $40 level at $39.85 per barrel. Rippling damage from the U.K. Brexit vote in June was evident in the U.K. services purchasing managers survey, which slumped to an 88-month low of 47.4 in July from 52.3 in June and 53.5 in […] More

Firmer Commodity Prices

May 26, 2016

Crude oil (+0.7%) and a wide spectrum of industrial metal prices firmed overnight.  WTI touched a high of $49.97 per barrel, and brent surpassed $50.00. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard is the latest Fed official to indicate that a June interest rate hike may be in play.  He spoke of tightening U.S. labor market […] More

Several Pieces of Good News

May 25, 2016

Yesterday’s strong performance in North American equities carried over into Pacific Rim and European markets today.  Japan’s Nikkei closed 1.6% higher.  Shares also climbed 2.7% in Hong Kong, 2.3% in India, 1.5% in Australia, 1.3% in Indonesia, 1.2% in South Korea and Taiwan and 0.7% in New Zealand.  The Shanghai composite index dipped 0.2%, however, […] More

Dollar Little Affected by Risk Aversion in Other Markets

April 20, 2016

Stocks in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan slumped 2.3%, 1.5%, and 1.4%.  A Chinese central bank official implied lessening inclination to ease. West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped 2.3% to $40.14 per barrel on news that Kuwaiti workers called off their strike. The 10-year Japanese JGB yield dipped another basis point to a record low […] More

Oil Price Retreat Extended

March 29, 2016

West Texas Intermediate crude oil slid another 2% and is trading about 7% below last Wednesday’s close.  Gold (down 0.3%) and most metals are lower, too, adding to the heaviness of commodity-sensitive currencies. A narrowly mixed dollar is down 0.5% against the New Zealand dollar and shows losses of 0.2% against the loonie and sterling […] More

WTI Oil Extends Rise Above $40 Level

March 18, 2016

West Texas Intermediate oil has climbed another 1.8% to $40.93 per barrel.  There has been a rebound of 56.6% since February 11 when oil touched its lowest level since May 2003. The rebound in oil has maintained a bid tone in share prices.  The DOW is 0.7% higher.  Stocks have risen 0.5% in Spain and […] More

Markets Tugged One Way by Oil and Another by Clarifying Super Tuesday Results

March 2, 2016

West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped back 2.1% to $33.67 per barrel, depressing U.S. stock futures.  Weekly U.S. oil inventories get reported today. Comex gold, the ultimate haven beneficiary, edged 0.2% lower to $1,230.25 per ounce. Trump won Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Vermont and Arkansas and now leads Cruz in the Republican delegate count […] More

Sterling’s the Biggest Loser Against a Strengthening Dollar

February 22, 2016

Sterling fell 2.0% against the U.S. currency, which also has risen 0.9% against the euro, 0.8% relative to the Swiss franc and 0.5% vis-a-vis the yen.  Emerging market currencies and commodity-sensitive monies have also performed well this Monday.  The U.S. dollar lost 1.1% against the Aussie dollar, 0.4% versus the kiwi, 0.5% against the rand […] More

Markets Step Closer to the Abyss

January 15, 2016

West Texas Intermediate oil plunged 4.7% overnight on signs that sanctions against Iranian exports will be lifted next week, boosting world supply. Commodity-sensitive currencies like the Aussie and New Zealand dollars (down 1.7% each) and the Canadian dollar (off 0.9% against its U.S. counterpart) fell sharply overnight. China’s Shanghai composite index sank 3.6%, bringing its […] More

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