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Commodities Higher on German Sentiment & Chinese GDP

January 18, 2012 at 0:02 by Vladimir Vyun

Commodities advanced today as German economic confidence improved, while China’s economic growth slowed, spurring speculation about stimulus. Oil, corn and soybeans were among gainers.

China’s gross domestic product increased 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, following the 9.1 percent expansion in the third quarter. That was the slowest growth in 10 quarters. The report fueled talks that the country will perform measures to stimulate economic growth.

ZEW Economic Sentiment for Germany increased from -53.8 to -56.1 (month-on-month) in January, the highest level since July 2011. Economic expectations for the eurozone improved to -32.5 this month from -54.1 in the month before.

Standard & Poor’s downgraded credit ratings of several European countries on January 13. Markets were downbeat somewhat after the action, but quickly recovered as such move was expected and generally priced in.

February futures for delivery of crude oil advanced $2.01 (2 percent) to $100.71 per barrel on NYMEX. Brent oil rose from $111.42 to $111.57 per barrel as of 23:54 GMT today on ICE. Corn price was higher from $6.0125 to $6.0600 per bushel on CBoT today, while soybeans rallied from $11.6300 to $11.8275 per bushel.

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