crude oil futures quotes

crude oil futures quotes

May 27th, 2016

The strong rally in oil prices that sent Brent and U.S. crude above $50 a barrel for awhile on Thursday faces technical barriers in the next three to five weeks.

Unexpected oil supply outages, along with technical buy signals, have helped lift Brent and U.S. crude prices nearly 90 percent above 12-year lows hit earlier this year.

Analysts believe the market has now factored in most supply cuts. Two technical analysts on Thursday said oil’s advance will be limited to a few more dollars at most. One was more bullish.

Brent futures (LCOc1) hit $50.51 on Thursday, after sinking to $27.10 on Jan. 20, which was the lowest since July 2003.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures (CLc1) touched $50.21 on Thursday, up from $26.05 on Feb. 11, which was the lowest since May 2003. [O/R]

Both benchmarks retreated from session highs and settled below $50 a barrel.

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copper futures prices

copper futures prices

April 13th, 2015

Copper futures fell to a three-week low on mounting concern that metals demand will decline in China, the world’s top consumer.

Chinese government data due Wednesday will probably show the nation’s gross domestic product expanded 7 percent in the first quarter from the same period last year, according to a Bloomberg survey. That would be the slowest pace since the global recession of 2009.

“The Chinese GDP figure will be announced tomorrow, and some people think it will not be that favorable,” Richard Fu, the director of Asian commodity trading at Societe Generale Newedge U.K. Ltd. in London, said in a telephone interview. “China is a big producer and consumer of most of the base metals, so you figure if it’s not as good as expected, there will be a more bearish mood back in the market.”

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s&p futures news

s&p futures news

April 8th, 2015

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed before the Federal Reserve releases the minutes of its March meeting and as Alcoa Inc. unofficially kicks off earnings season.

Alcoa gained 1.6 percent before reporting its first-quarter results, due after the close of trading. Energy companies were little changed as a drop in oil prices offset news that Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to buy BG Group Plc for about $70 billion in the oil and gas industry’s biggest deal in at least a decade.

E-mini contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June added 0.1 percent to 2,069.5 at 8:45 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures advanced 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,798.

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s&p 500 futures quotes

s&p 500 futures quotes

April 1, 2015

With rallies in U.S. stocks falling apart on a daily basis, one measure of trader anxiety in the options market is flashing more pessimism than any time in six years.

Bearish puts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index outnumber bullish calls by the most since October 2008, with the ratio steepening amid a run of economic reports that trailed analyst forecasts, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Sentiment is deteriorating amid a stretch of volatility that has seen the benchmark gauge for U.S. equities erase annual gains six separate times in 2015.

With economic data missing the mark, analysts predicting three straight quarters of falling profits and speculation shifting about when the Federal Reserve will boost interest rates, investors are taking steps to protect profits after a six-year bull market added $16.5 trillion to stocks. A private report on Wednesday showed the smallest job additions in more than a year.

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dow jones futures brokers

dow jones futures quotes

March 11, 2015

U.S. stocks fluctuated, after the biggest equities selloff in more than two months amid the surging dollar, as declines in consumer companies offset banks’ rebound.

Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. fell more than 4.5 percent amid reports of suspected bird flu in Arkansas. Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. added at least 1.6 percent after financial stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index Tuesday had their steepest decline since April. Intel rallied the most since November after its biggest drop in more than a month.

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sugar futures quotes

sugar futures quotes

March 3rd, 2015

Signs of bigger supplies sent sugar and coffee prices tumbling as rains improve harvest prospects in Brazil, the world’s top grower and exporter of both crops.

Sugar futures dropped to the lowest since May 2010 on Tuesday, and coffee plunged more than 6 percent to post the biggest loss in more than four years. Showers across most of Brazil’s growing regions last month helped replenish soil parched by dry weather in January. The brighter production outlook comes as India is poised to export more sugar and farmers gather larger coffee crops in Latin America.

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coffee futures news

coffee futures news

February 25, 2015

Coffee Futures — If you think swings in the crude market have been bad, take a look at coffee.

After surging as much as 11 percent to 2015’s high in mid-January, rains in Brazil improved crop prospects and prices are now at the lowest in a year. Bull-to-bear market gyrations spurred by changing weather in the country, the world’s biggest producer and exporter, drove coffee to be the most-volatile commodity in the past year.

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treasury futures brokers

treasury futures brokers

February 22nd, 2015

Treasury futures rose amid speculation over the outlook for Greece’s bailout negotiations a day before Janet Yellen may address the future of potential interest-rate increases in congressional testimony.

U.S. debt gained a second day after Greece said it would deliver to euro-area finance ministers on Tuesday morning its list of commitments required to extend the bailout for four months. Treasuries were at the cheapest levels against their Group of Seven peers in eight years, something Federal Reserve Chair Yellen’s comments may indicate is justified or not.

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s&p 500 futures quotes

s&p 500 futures quotes

February 6th, 2015

U.S. stocks fluctuated, with equities poised for their biggest weekly gain this year, as investors weighed the prospects for higher interest rates after employers added more jobs than forecast in January.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose less than 0.1 percent to 2,063.08 at 9:48 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.16 points, or less than 0.1 percent to 17,883.72.

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gasoline futures

gasoline futures

February 5, 2015

Retail gasoline in the U.S. has risen 8.4 cents in the past two days, according to Heathrow, Florida-based AAA, the largest two-day increase since March 2011. The national average hasn’t fallen since Jan. 25, when it broke a 123-day losing streak.

The spike at the pump follows a 14 percent gain in oil prices and maintenance shutdowns at refineries. Demand for gasoline is at the highest seasonal level since 2008.

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