Commodities finished trading mixed as crude oil futures limped
into the close down 2% while gold found footing amid economic
concerns to soar to a new record.
Light, sweet crude for September delivery finished down 2% to
$91.93 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was up 2.25%
to $3.02 a gallon while natural gas was down 1.32% to $4.10 per
million British thermal units.
Earlier, the Energy Information Administration reported today
that crude supplies rose by 1 million barrels to 355 million
barrels, an 0.03% gain, while gasoline stockpiles rose rose by 1.7
million barrels, or 0.8%, to 215.2 million barrels at the height of
the summer driving season.
Analysts expected an increase of 2 million barrels of crude for
the week ended July 29, but forecast gasoline supplies to increase
by only 350,000 barrels.
In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund (
) is down 1.68% to $35.79. The United States Natural Gas ETF (
) is down 1.53% at $10.33.
Meanwhile, gold futures finished at a record as the dollar
weakened against foreign currencies.
Gold for August delivery finished up 1.3% to $1,666.30 an ounce.
In other metal futures, silver was up 3.77% to $41.60 a troy ounce
while copper traded down 1.47% to $4.33.
The US Dollar Index was down 0.69% to $74.02.
In metal ETFs, SPDR Gold Trust (
) is up 0.32% to $160.15. Market Vectors Gold Miners (
) is up 0.91% to $58.99. iShares Silver Trust (
) is up 2.11% to $40.65.
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