Copper Cuts Weekly Loss; Crude Set to Drop: Commodities on Close
Crude for January delivery traded near a six-week low and headed for a second weekly decline in New York while remaining above moving averages that tend to support buying. Futures for January delivery rose 0.1 percent to $93.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 4:39 p.m. Singapore time. The contract yesterday declined to $93.87, the lowest close since Nov. 2.
Asia fuel-oil’s discount to crude is poised to narrow this week, signaling reduced refining losses for residual products. Gasoil’s crack spread declined over the same period.
Fuel oil’s discount to Asian marker Dubai crude narrowed 95 cents to $4.73 a barrel at 12:30 p.m. Singapore time, according to PVM Oil Associates Ltd., a broker in London. The difference is poised to shrink for a second week.
The premium of gasoil, or diesel, to Dubai crude rose $1.23 to $18.35 a barrel, reducing losses so far this week to 2.8 percent, according to PVM. This crack spread, a measure of profit for making the distillate fuel, is set to narrow for the fourth week in five.
Copper for three-month delivery gained as much as 2.1 percent to $7,359.75 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange before trading at $7,349 at 3:58 p.m. Shanghai time, heading for a 6 percent weekly decline.
Copper for March-delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed 2.4 percent higher at 54,300 yuan ($8,552) a ton. The metal for March-delivery on the Comex in New York gained 1.8 percent to $3.325 per pound.
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Soybeans for March delivery climbed 0.5 percent to $11.265 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade at 2:13 p.m. Singapore time. Futures have gained 1.8 percent this week and are set for a 20 percent decline this year.
Wheat for March delivery climbed 0.2 percent to $5.8025 a bushel, trimming the weekly loss to 2.6 percent. Futures earlier fell to $5.7725 a bushel equaling the lowest price in more than 16 months reached yesterday. Futures are set for a 27 percent slump this year.
Corn for delivery in March gained 0.2 percent to $5.8025 a bushel, set for a 2.4 percent loss this week. The commodity has declined 8 percent this year, heading for the first annual loss in three years.
Cattle futures for February delivery rose 0.3 percent to settle at $1.1915 a pound at 1 p.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the biggest advance for the most-active contract since Nov. 30. The commodity has gained 10 percent in 2011.
Hog futures for February settlement fell 1 percent to settle at 85.425 cents a pound. The price touched 85.35 cents, the lowest since Nov. 8. The price is up 7.1 percent in 2011.
Immediate-delivery gold gained for the first day in five, gaining as much as 1.6 percent to $1,595.86 an ounce and trading at $1,594.61 at 3:22 p.m. in Singapore. This week, the metal has lost 6.9 percent, the biggest drop since Sept. 23. February- delivery gold gained 1.2 percent to $1,596.20 on the Comex.
Spot silver rose as much as 2.3 percent to $29.6825 an ounce, extending yesterday’s 0.9 percent advance. The price dropped to $28.13 yesterday, the lowest level since Sept. 26. This week, silver’s fallen 7.9 percent.
Spot platinum climbed 1.1 percent to $1,423.38 an ounce, rising for the first day in five. It’s down 6.1 percent this week, also the worst five-day showing since September. The price fell to $1,378.50 yesterday, the lowest since Nov. 13, 2009.
Cotton futures for March delivery gained 1.4 percent to settle at 86.29 cents a pound yesterday on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. The fiber has plunged 40 percent this year. The commodity touched 84.35 cents yesterday, the lowest since Aug.
Orange-juice futures for January delivery slid 0.8 percent to close yesterday at $1.664 a pound on ICE. The commodity has advanced 1.7 percent this year, heading for a third straight annual gain. Cocoa fell for a second day on speculation that global supplies will be enough to meet demand as European consumption slows. Cocoa for March delivery slid 1.3 percent to settle yesterday at 2,151 a metric ton on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. The price dropped 2.8 percent yesterday and is down 29 percent this year.
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