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Commodities Rebound as Greece Scraps Referendum Plans

November 3, 2011 at 22:35 by Vladimir Vyun

Commodities gained today as Greece rejected the planned referendum and the European Central Bank lowered its key interest rate. Crude oil and wheat were among the gainers.

The referendum, promised by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, threatened the stability of the Eurozone. Some of the European leaders even spoke about expelling Greece from the European Union. Now tensions receded, reinvigorating markets.

Economists expected the ECB to keep the interest rates unchanged today. Many market participants were concerned that the rates are too high for the strained economy of the EU. The central bank, lead by its new President Mario Draghi, surprised everyone by cutting the main minimum bid rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent.

Wheat was down yesterday as the record harvest boosted the global stockpiles. International Grains Council estimated that output will increase 5 percent to 684 million metric tons in the 12 months ending June 30, pushing inventories to the highest level in a decade. The supply expanded as major wheat exporters, such as Russia and Ukraine, resumed their shipments after the drought last year.

Wheat was up today from $6.2300 to $$6.3575 per bushel as of 22:27 GMT on CBoT, following yesterday’s decline from $6.2900 to $6.2225 per bushel. Spot price for Brent crude jumped today $109.11 to $110.83 per barrel today on ICE, rebounding from the daily low of $107.83 per barrel.

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