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Natural gas futures surged over 12 percent on Thursday, topping $2.46 per million British Thermal Units (BTUs), after an unexpectedly bullish storage report helped prices rally above key technical levels.
As U.S. and European markets have tumbled in the last month, oil prices have also posted double-digit declines, but the slide isn't helping consumers in the euro zone.
Traders say weak U.S. ISM services data and other poor economic data from Europe trumps positive U.S. manufacturing data earlier this week and is adding to the pressure on oil prices.
Palladium raced ahead of all other metals in April. After climbing double digits in the first quarter, platinum and silver futures were down 4 and 5 percent, respectively. Both metals lost ground for the second consecutive month. Copper prices were flat, and gold seems to have lost its luster, posting its third straight monthly decline.
Relative to the S&P 500, General Electric should give investors 'at least' double the return over the next two years, Jack De Gan, Harbor Advisory CIO told CNBC Friday.
Enterprise CEO gives Bertha Coombs an exclusive look into the construction of the company's new ECHO oil storage and transfer terminal in Houston, which provide a vital link between booming onland Shale oil production by major Gulf Coast refiners.
WTI oil futures have recovered earlier losses to climb to session highs over $104.74 a barrel, after positive data on the U.S. manufacturing sector and a flow of money into commodities at the start the new quarter.
The looming Iranian oil embargo has heightened the concern of risk to global oil supplies. Meanwhile, energy production in this country is booming.
Gas prices have pushed the economy into the early stages of demand destruction, said Richard Hastings, a consumer strategist at Global Hunter Securities. He said he expects to see a mild reduction in retail sales growth starting in May.
Weaker manufacturing data from China and the euro zone weighed on oil prices Thursday. The May 12 West Texas Intermediate futures contract dropped below key support of $104.88, which is the 50 percent retracement of the February rally that took the contract from $98.38 to $110.95.
It is the hot topic from the gas pump to Washington to the trading pits at the New York Mercantile Exchange: Will rising tensions with Iran push energy prices back above 2008 record levels this spring? Fund managers are apparently betting that they will.
Traders are bidding up natural gas prices after an executive from Chesapeake Energy spacer reiterated that low prices may force the company to significantly cut gas production.
Despite pronouncements by Saudi royalty and oil officials that that country will not let the price of oil go above $100 a barrel, Brent crude prices now appear poised to breach $120 a barrel.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn't said anything to change the trend that's been in place for precious metals since start of new year, so the buying continues.
John Netto is putting his own wager on the Big Game, and taking wagers too through his sports-odds making company called Quantitative Sports Strategies run out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Neglia runs Volpe Realty, specializing in commercial and residential sales, rentals and land purchases. He and his wife bought the business in 2007, months before the financial crisis. Neglia says, though, "it was a calculated risk."
Professional traders, unabashed risk-takers, are always looking for the next hot opportunity not only to trade, but to own. Many are entrepreneurs in other businesses outside of investing and financial services — they're in varied fields from sports betting to mobile apps to commercial real estate.
Oil prices rallied on renewed optimism over debt problems in the European Union and concerns over energy security in the Middle East after an explosion of a crude oil pipeline in Syria.
Gold priced in euros broke above of key trend line Monday morning, as safe-haven buying and upward technical momentum continue to help the precious metal rally.
Concerns about shrinking refining industry capacity put a fire under gasoline futures Friday, after news reports that a major east coast refinery shut down for repairs.