Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bloomberg: Crude Oil Rebounds From Four Week Low After Surprise Drop in U.S. Crude Supplies

Crude oil rebounded from a four week low as the growing prospect that Ireland will get a rescue bailout from the European Union stoked gains for stocks and commodities around the world. Crude rose as much as 2.1 percent, snapping four days of declines, after Ireland’s central bank governor said he expects the country to seek a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Yesterday’s Energy Department report showed crude inventories unexpectedly dropped the most since August 2009.

“The situation in Europe looks like it’s going towards a solution,” said Sintje Diek, an analyst with HSH Nordbank in Hamburg. “There will be a rescue for Ireland, and that’s good news for the euro. Fundamentals are on the side of investors; inventories are going down.” Crude for December delivery advanced as much as $1.70 to $82.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was at $81.72 at 11:37 a.m. London time. Brent crude for January settlement rose as much as $1.72, or 2.1 percent, to $85 a barrel on the London based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

The New York contract, which expires tomorrow, fell yesterday to $80.44, the lowest settlement since Oct. 19. The more actively traded January future was up $1.31 at $82.35. Crude slumped yesterday amid speculation that China, the world’s biggest energy consuming country, will raise interest rates to cool economic growth. Prices also dropped on concern Europe’s debt crisis is worsening. Oil has fallen 4 percent since last week and is up 2.7 percent this year......Read the entire article.


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