commodities to investors.
“The euro debt concerns are easing as Ireland has decided to accept the bailout and that will lead to a weaker dollar,” said Serene Lim, a commodity strategist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Singapore. “It’s more of the dollar weakening that’s helping to drive oil higher.” The January contract gained as much as 64 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $82.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and was at $82.50 at 12:25 p.m. Singapore time. It slipped 44 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $81.98 on Nov. 19. Futures are up 3.7 percent this year.
The December contract expired on Nov. 19, down 34 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $81.51 a barrel. Crude fell at the end of last week after China ordered banks to raise reserves in a move that may slow growth and crimp fuel demand in the world’s largest energy consuming country. “The Irish debt situation has been contained for the moment,” said David Taylor, a market analyst at CMC Markets Ltd. in Sydney......Read the entire article.
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