CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Disappointing China data dominated the markets, which drove oil down. Copper was down, as well. Gold closed up about $3 on the day.» Read More
Thursday's violent swings in oil prices put in a "blow off" top for WTI crude, and the market is in a neutral zone with a bias is to the upside, said oil analyst Mike Fitzpatrick.
Oil prices for the most active Brent and WTI crude contracts are still up over 10 percent since last Friday — and there's no sign that Mideast turmoil will cease over the weekend. So oil traders are bracing for more — perhaps much more — upside risk.
After three days of delays, a U.S.-chartered ferry evacuated Americans and other foreigners out of Libya on Friday and brought them to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Teasing out short term trading noise from durable economic news is tricky business.
The Middle East might be dealing with more protests, with Issam Ayari, Tunisie Valeurs president.
"When people don't know, they hunker down and own less risk," the equity strategist said. "If you think more of this is coming, you sell some stocks, buy some Treasurys, and buy some gold...and I wouldn't make that trade."
The role of Facebook in the Middle East revolutions is "overstated," says one prominent Jordanian businessman.
Massive instability in North Africa is terrible news for a fragile US recovery: Though just how terrible remains to be seen.
Oil prices have seen wild moves in recent days amid increasing violence in the Mideast, but the options market is telling us the roller-coaster ride may be over.
Forget Twitter and Facebook. Forget outspoken Google spacer Exec Wael Ghonim. If you want to know who should get credit for the sudden surge towards democracy in the Middle East, send a ‘Thank You’ note to Ben Bernanke.
If Saudi raised oil production to 9 million barrels per day, then they've chosen a good time to do it.
Libyans braced for mass protests Friday as the rebel movement called for a new push to oust Moammar Gaddafi after a day of fierce fighting in which rebels made new gains and advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli while pro-government forces attacked two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people.
Protesters gather in the streets of Libya, as hospitals begin to fill up with injured and Libyan citizens pack up to leave the country.
Tweets, bleats and Al-Jazeera, and maybe new margin requirements were all part of the reason behind the big swing in oil prices Thursday.
The dollar's failure to rally in tandem with other safe-haven currencies has investors wondering if it's lost that special status.
Good King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia figures that $36 billion will buy off any potential unrest in his realm of Saudi Arabia. That's an expensive piece of cake he's dishing up.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, and looks ahead to where oil, gold and silver are likely headed in light of events in Libya and the Middle East.
As oil prices touch fresh highs, an official from a trade group representing convenience stores said that consumers have appeared "more confident" in recent months.
As anger spreads throughout the Arab world, retired Gen. Wesley Clark said Saudi Arabia will be the last country to see an uprising.
While some worry skyrocketing oil prices will hurt the U.S. economy, the "Fast Money" traders are taking a different view.