Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oil Rises, Snaps 9 Day Drop as U.S. Industrial Output Gains

Oil rose, snapping the longest decline since 2001, on a report that U.S. factories churned out more goods in November than anticipated, a signal that fuel demand will increase. Oil gained for the first time in 10 days as the Federal Reserve said that output at factories, mines and utilities climbed 0.8 percent last month, the fourth increase in five months. Germany’s IFO economic institute raised its 2010 outlook for growth in Europe’s biggest economy.

“The industrial production number is definitely a sign that the economy is improving, and it should lead to higher demand for oil and energy,” said Peter Beutel, president of trading adviser Cameron Hanover Inc. in New Canaan, Connecticut. Crude oil for January delivery rose $1.18, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $70.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures have climbed 58 percent this year. Oil dropped 11 percent in the nine days ended yesterday to the lowest level since Sept. 29.....Read the entire article.

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