Oil, Gold, Copper Rise; Natural Gas Falls: Commodities at Close

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI gauge of 24 commodities rose 0.3 percent to 620.51 at 5:30 p.m. Singapore time. The UBS Bloomberg CMCI index of 26 raw materials increased 0.5 percent to 1,474.685.


Oil advanced for a third day in New York on signs that voters in Greece may back austerity measures needed for a European Union bailout, boosting confidence that the bloc’s debt crisis can be contained.

Crude for July delivery increased as much as $1.04 to $91.90 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $91.74 at 8:56 a.m. London time. The contract rose 0.2 percent to $90.86 on May 25, the highest close since May 22. Prices are down 7.2 percent this year. There will be no floor trading in New York today because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Brent oil for July settlement was at $107.70 a barrel, up 87 cents, on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.


Natural gas extended its decline in New York amid forecasts that cooler weather will follow a heat wave, limiting demand for fuel at power plants.

Natural gas for June delivery fell as much as 3.2 percent to $2.485 per million British thermal units in electronic trading today on NYMEX. The contract dropped for a third day,


The premium of gasoil to Dubai crude fell 37 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $15.05 a barrel at 10:09 a.m. Singapore time, according to data from PVM Oil Associates Ltd., a broker. The spread is at the narrowest since March 27.

Singapore gasoil swaps for June rose 15 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $119.25 a barrel, PVM data showed. Jet fuel’s premium to gasoil was unchanged at $1.25 a barrel. This spread between the fuels, also known as the regrade, is 67 percent wider than it was a week earlier, signaling it is more profitable for refiners to make aviation fuel over diesel.


Gold for immediate delivery rose 0.4 percent to $1,580.05 an ounce by 9:36 a.m. in London. Prices are 5.1 percent lower in May for a fourth monthly decline, the longest losing run since 1999. August-delivery futures were 0.6 percent higher at


Copper for three-month delivery gained 1.2 percent to $7,731 a metric ton by 10:01 a.m. on the London Metal Exchange. Prices are down 8 percent this month, on course for the biggest drop since September. July-delivery copper rose 1.2 percent to $3.4885 a pound on the Comex in New York, where floor trading is

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