Saturday, November 6, 2010
Commodity Corner: Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Gasoline End the Week Higher
Oil for December delivery, which had received a boost during the week from the U.S. midterm elections and the Federal Reserve's "Quantitative Easing 2" policy to stimulate the economy, got a boost Friday from new U.S. Department of Labor jobs figures. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm payroll private-sector employment increased by 151,000 jobs in October. However, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.
Crude oil traded from $85.96 to $87.22 Friday. Compared to Monday's settlement price, it is up 4.7 percent for the week.
Despite a steady string of increases throughout the week, gasoline for December delivery ended the day flat at $2.18 a gallon on Friday. Front month gasoline, which peaked at $2.19 and bottomed out at $2.16 during the day's session, finished the week up 4.3 percent.
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