Many commodities traded up again on Thursday: crude oil prices (WTI and Brent) rose yesterday for the third consecutive day; gold and silver rose for the second straight day; natural gas Henry Hub future (September delivery) and spot prices declined on Thursday; The Euro changed direction again and rose on Thursday. Several exchange rates including the Aussie dollar also traded up against USD.
Here is a summary of the daily changes in precious metals and energy commodities for August 16th, 2012:
Forex and Bullion Markets:
Gold increased again by 0.78% to $1,619.2; Silver also rose by 1.44% to reach $28.3. During the month, gold increased by 0.28%; silver, by 1.38%.
The Euro/USD also rose by 0.54% to 1.2356; further, the U.S Dollar depreciated against several other currencies such as Aussie dollar by 0.06%.
WTI oil price increased again yesterday by 1.35% to $95.6 per barrel;
Brent oil also edged up by 0.15% to $116.61 per barrel;
Following these changes, the difference between Brent and WTI rose to $21.01/bbl. During the month, WTI increased by 8.56% and Brent oil by 10.1%.
Finally, the Henry Hub future (September delivery) declined by 1.09% to $2.72/mmbtu; the Henry Hub spot also fell to $2.78/mmbtu; the difference between the spot reached -$0.06, Backwardation.
A Summary for August 16th:
The table below includes: closing prices, daily percent changes, and daily changes:
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