Friday, November 19, 2010

Bloomberg: Crude Oil Has Biggest Weekly Decline in Three Months on China Bank Reserves Move

Crude Oil fell, posting its biggest weekly loss in three months, after China ordered banks to raise reserves in a move that may slow growth in the world’s largest energy consuming country. Futures dropped 0.4 percent after China told lenders for the fifth time this year to set aside more funds to drain cash from the financial system and limit asset bubbles. Economic growth will spur a 9.5 percent jump in 2010 Chinese oil use, according to a Nov. 12 International Energy Agency report.

“These further moves by the Chinese to rein in their economy and the real concern they’re expressing about inflation is weighing on this crude market,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York based hedge fund focusing on energy. Crude for December delivery fell 34 cents to settle at $81.51 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices have dropped 4 percent since Nov. 12, the most since the week ended Aug. 13. The December contract expired today. The more active January contract slipped 44 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $81.98.

The People’s Bank of China said it will raise the reserve ratio requirement for the nation’s banks by 50 basis points starting Nov. 29. Speculation of an imminent increase in interest rates to counter inflation helped to drive the biggest selloff in China’s benchmark stock index since May over the past two weeks......Read the entire Bloomberg article.

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