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Commodities Surge After Bernanke’s Speech

September 1, 2012 at 0:01 by Vladimir Vyun

Crude oil, gold and silver jumped today as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that quantitative easing is possible. Bernanke complained about the high unemployment rate and said that QE has done its job previously. That was not specific enough in terms of timing of such action from the Fed, disappointing some traders, but Bernanke’s speech was well-received by most market participants.

The expected asset purchase program, known as quantitative easing, should be positive for commodities as it would spur economic growth. Growing economy increases demand for fuel, helping oil. At the same time, economic growth is followed by accelerating inflation that is supportive for gold.

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Index of raw materials climbed as much as 1.4 percent, signaling that the comments of Bernanke were well-received by commodity traders. The S&P 500 Index went up 1 percent.

Crude oil advanced from $94.66 to close at $96.38 per barrels on NYMEX today. Gold jumped from $1,655.56 to $1,691.93 on COMEX. Silver soared from $30.39 to the closing price of $31.69 per ounce in New York.

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One Response to “Commodities Surge After Bernanke’s Speech”

  1. JJ Butler

    The precious metals responded the strongest. Oil was robust. Base metal producers lagged badly. I expect this dynamic to continue for some time until China stimulus causes a re-acceleration.

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