Volatility in oil trading increased as the US market opened. WTI crude oil for November delivery initially soared to as high as 77.17 after Trichet's comments on the Eurozone's outlook. Yet, gains were pared and price tumbled to 75.52 as Moody's downgrade of Anglo Irish Bank Corp's debt rating intensified worries about out peripheral economies in the Eurozone.
Crude oil ended the day flat at 76.52. Gold moved narrowly around 1300 as heightened sovereign concerns drove capitals to safe haven assets. Price settled at 1298.6, unchanged from last Friday's close. Profit taking was seen Asian session today.
ECB president Trichet acknowledged recent economic data has been 'better than expected' and said that the central bank expects 'the recovery to proceed at a moderate pace, with a positive underlying momentum but also with uncertainty surrounding the outlook'. The economy is 'out of the recession' but he and other members in the governing Council will remain cautious and prudent for this year and next.
Moreover, 'the rate of inflation could increase slightly in the short term but should remain moderate over the policy-relevant horizon. The comments were more upbeat than what the Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a Princeton University conference last week. Bernanke said, despite stimulus measures, the US economy is only recovering at a slower pace than the central bank had expected. The Fed signaled.....Read the entire article.