Monday, October 4, 2010

Crude Oil Trades Near Eight Week High After U.S. Stocks Fall, Goods Orders Gain

Crude oil traded near an eight week high in New York after equities slipped and orders for U.S. capital goods increased the most since March. Futures retreated yesterday after stocks declined for the third time in four days and the dollar advanced against the euro. The Commerce Department reported that orders for non military capital goods excluding planes climbed 5.1 percent. An Energy Department report tomorrow will probably show crude supplies rose last week, according to a Bloomberg News survey.

“It’s hard to justify a further move higher with stocks down and the dollar stronger,” said Gene McGillian, an analyst and broker at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “We’ll see if we can consolidate here and keep an eye on this week’s economic reports.” The November contract traded at $81.39 a barrel, down 8 cents, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 9:45 a.m. Sydney time. Yesterday it lost 11 cents to $81.47. Oil closed at $81.58 on Oct. 1, the highest level since Aug. 5. Prices are up 2.5 percent this year.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.8 percent to 1,137.03 at the 4 p.m. close in New York, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.7 percent to 10,751.27. The dollar strengthened from a six month low against the euro as concern that Europe’s major banks are undercapitalized made the region’s assets less attractive. The U.S. currency traded at $1.3676 after falling 0.8 percent yesterday.....Read the entire article.

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