Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reuters: Crude Oil Approaches Two Week High on Ireland Rescue

Crude oil rose past $84 on Monday after the European Union approved a rescue for Ireland and outlined a permanent system to resolve the euro zone's debt crisis, providing some confidence that energy demand growth will remain resilient next year. U.S. crude for January rose as much 0.8 percent to $84.46 a barrel, nearing Friday's peak of $84.53, the highest intraday price since November 16, and was up 52 cents at $84.28 by 9:09 p.m. EST. Prices reached a two year high of $88.63 on November 11.

ICE Brent for January rose 57 cents to $86.15, returning to positive territory as the dollar pared gains. Finance ministers from the 16 nation euro zone, anxious to prevent market contagion engulfing Portugal and Spain, unanimously endorsed an emergency loan package of 85 billion euros ($115 billion) to help Dublin cover bad bank debts and bridge a huge budget deficit.

"The southern European sovereign debt crisis would have to take a severe turn for the worse to derail positive commodity price trends that are finding strong support from improving fundamentals and positive market sentiment toward growth assets" following the second wave of U.S. expansionary monetary policy, Barclays Capital analysts, including Kevin Norrish, said in a report on Monday.

Still, some market participants were wary that the package for Ireland would fail to end Europe's credit problems, citing the Greek crisis as a precedent of how markets intially reacted positively to a bailout and then slumped. "It is just a relief rally, but there are still so many structural problems that people are already targeting other dominoes like Portugal and Spain," said Michelle Kwek, an analyst at Informa Global Markets in Singapore.

Currency and bond traders doubted the deal was enough to prevent fiscally pressured Portugal and Spain from being next in line to suffer a debt crisis. "Markets are not believing measures will be enough to contain the crisis, and that also combines with the tensions in Korea. You wouldn't want to be punting on anything," Kwek said.......Read the entire article.

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1 comment:

Andrew Pickle said...

Oil prices have been climbing steadily, with the exception of a peak mid-year. It seems the oil markets have calmed down from the froth/bust period and are back to some civility. Oil and gas stocks should now be much steadier bets than in recent years.