Leading commodities traded mostly up on the last business day of the week: the price of Brent and the price of WTI oil rose on Friday; natural gas Henry Hub future (short term delivery) also slightly increased yesterday; silver continued to decline while gold price changed direction and rose on Friday; the Euro edged up against the USD on Friday. Conversely, several other currencies such as the Aussie dollar depreciated vs. the U.S dollar.
Here is a summary of the daily shifts of precious metals and energy commodities as of April 19th, 2013:
Forex and Precious Metals Markets:
On Friday, gold rose by 0.24% to $1,395.3; silver declined by 1.23% to $22.96. During the month, gold declined by 12.51%; silver, by 18.85%.
On Friday, the Euro/USD slightly rose by 0.02% to 1.3052; conversely, the U.S Dollar appreciated against several currencies such as Aussie dollar by 0.23%.
WTI oil price increased by 0.32% to $88.01 per barrel; Brent oil also rose by 0.52% to $99.65 per barrel;
Thus, the difference between Brent and WTI fell to $11.64/bbl. During April, WTI declined by 9.48%; Brent oil, by 9.43%.
Finally, the Henry Hub future (short term delivery) slightly rose again yesterday by 0.16% and settled at $4.41/mmbtu.
A Summary for April 19th:
The table below includes: closing rates, daily percent changes, and daily changes:
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