Sunday, November 28, 2010
Reuters: Crude Oil Approaches Two Week High on Ireland Rescue
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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