Sunday, November 7, 2010
Crude Oil Trades Near a Two Year High as U.S. Employment Figures Beat Forecasts
“Oil is quite positive, the market has taken heart in the unemployment rate,” said Jonathan Barratt, managing director of Commodity Broking Services Pty in Sydney. “Crude has broken through the topside of the range, so you’ve got to look for higher prices.” Crude for December delivery was at $86.90 a barrel, up 5 cents, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 12:27 p.m. Singapore time. The contract earlier rose as much as 64 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $87.49, the highest since Oct. 9, 2008. Futures are up 10 percent in 2010.
The increase in U.S. payrolls was the first since May and exceeded all estimates from economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The U.S. jobless rate held at 9.6 percent, where it’s been since August, according to the Labor Department......Read the entire article.
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