Crude Oil Slowly Creeps Up When No One Is Looking…….

crude ETF “USO” continues to climb from it’s February low but is no where near it’s bubble like high.  Commodities continue to advance as the economy tries to gain momentum.  The investment “USO” seeks to reflect the performance, less expenses, of the spot price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light, sweet crude oil. The fund will invest in futures contracts for WTI light, sweet crude oil, other types of crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, natural gas and other petroleum based-fuels that are traded on exchanges. It may also invest in other oil interests such as cash-settled options on oil futures contracts, forward contracts for oil, and OTC transactions that are based on the price of oil. The fund is nondiversified.

Commodities: Crude Oil Climbs, Gold Falls

Energy and agricultural futures were heading higher Monday, but metals, including gold, were a bit more sluggish.

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Meanwhile, gold was down $5.50 at $950.70 an ounce, and silver was losing 2 cents to $13.83 an ounce. Copper was higher by 4 cents at $1.83 a pound.

Agricultural contracts were stronger, with the exception of sugar. Soybeans, wheat, corn and cotton had the biggest percentage gains. Lean hogs declined, while cattle rose.

In the foreign exchange market, the dollar was mixed. The greenback was climbing against the euro and the yen, but it lost ground to the pound and the Australian dollar.

The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index was edging ahead at 226.49.

Among commodity-related stocks, Suncor Energy (SU Quote – Cramer on SU – Stock Picks) was unchanged at $25.29 after saying it would buy Petro-Canada (PCZ Quote – Cramer on PCZ – Stock Picks) in a deal worth more than $15 billion. Petro-Canada was up 25.5% at $30.12.

Oil majors Exxon Mobil (XOM Quote – Cramer on XOM – Stock Picks) and Chevron (CVX Quote – Cramer on CVX – Stock Picks) had gains exceeding 4%, and ConocoPhillips (COP Quote – Cramer on COP – Stock Picks) was up 5.2%.

Elsewhere, Rio Tinto (RTP Quote – Cramer on RTP – Stock Picks) was jumping 16.1% to $132.41, and fellow miner BHP Billiton (BHP Quote – Cramer on BHP – Stock Picks) was adding 6.5% to $47.38.

As for exchange-traded funds, the Gold Shares (GLD Quote – Cramer on GLD – Stock Picks) was slipping 0.2% to $93.42, while the U.S. Oil (USO Quote – Cramer on USO – Stock Picks) was up 3.1% at $31.72.

Source: Chris Nichols

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