Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crude Oil Falls the Most in a Week as Equities Decline, Dollar Strengthens

Crude Oil fell the most in more than a week as global equities declined and the dollar advanced on skepticism European governments will approve the Greek bailout plan quickly enough to help the country avoid default. Oil lost 1.4 percent after Greece’s largest union said it will stage a strike for a day next month and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Greece “must do its homework” to reduce its deficit. A stronger dollar reduces the appeal of commodities as an alternative investment.

“Oil is lower because global equities are weaker and the dollar’s stronger,” said Addison Armstrong, director of market research at Tradition Energy, a Stamford, Connecticut-based procurement adviser. Crude oil for June delivery dropped 78 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $83.42 a barrel at 10:13 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, it touched $83.06 a barrel. Prices have risen 66 percent in the past year.
The U.S. dollar rose to $1.3306 per euro from $1.3383 in New York yesterday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.4 percent to 1,207.60.

Oil and equities pared their losses after the Conference Board reported confidence among U.S. consumers increased in April to the highest level since September 2008 as Americans became more upbeat about the labor market. The Conference Board’s confidence index rose more than forecast to 57.9 from 52.3 in March, according to the New York- based private research group. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected an increase to 53.5.....Read the entire article.

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