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Oil And Gold: Thursday's Analysis
By ICM BrokersJan 17, 2013 02:39AM ET
Oil traded near the highest level in almost four months in New York as stockpiles unexpectedly declined and fuel demand rose in the U.S., the world’s biggest crude-consuming nation.
West Texas Intermediate futures were little changed after gaining the most in two weeks yesterday. Crude supplies slid 951,000 barrels last week, the Energy Department said. They were forecast to increase by 2.2 million, according to a Bloomberg News survey.
Petroleum consumption climbed from the lowest level since March, the report showed. OPEC cut its daily crude output to the lowest in 14 months in December, while still producing more than the group estimates it will need to provide this year.
Crude for February delivery was at $94.12 a barrel, down 12 cents, in electronic trading on the New at 12:56 p.m. Sydney time.
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The contract advanced 96 cents yesterday, the most since Jan. 2, to $94.24.
That was the highest close since Sept. 18.
Gold traded little changed near a two-week high as investors weighed concern about slowing global economic growth and expectations for more stimulus.
Much more than documents.
Palladium was near the highest level since September 2011. Spot gold was at $1,680.05 an ounce at 10:29 a.m.
in Singapore from $1,679.95 yesterday. The metal reached $1,685.25 on Jan. 15, the most expensive since Jan.
3, as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over increasing the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Since 1960, Congress has raised or revised the debt limit 79 times, including 49 times under Republican presidents, according to the Treasury Department.
Gold gained 7.1 percent in 2012, rallying for a 12th year, as central banks around the world took measures to boost their economies. The Bank of Japan may introduce new monetary easing measures at a meeting next week. The World Bank on Jan.
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15 cut its global growth estimate to 2.4% from 3%.
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