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Corn & Crude Oil Rise as Traders Hope for Better

October 5, 2011 at 19:53 by Vladimir Vyun

Commodities, including crude oil and corn, gained today as prospects for the US and European economies improved, making traders more willing to invest into riskier assets.

The speculation about recapitalization of the European Union banks and hopes that the European Central Bank would support the region’s economy reduced concerns about the debt crisis in Europe.

The sentiment about the economy of the United States improved after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled about possible implementation of another round of stimulating measures. The outlook for the American economy further improved after the ADP employment report showed the growth by 91,000 working places, compared to the median forecast of 76,000. The non-farm payrolls will be released on October 7 and economists think they will show an increase by 51,000 jobs. Employment was the major concern for the US policy makers for a long time and improvement of this sector is definitely a good sign.

Crude oil also gained as the US inventories decreased by 4.7 million barrels to 336.3 million barrels last week instead of rising by 1.0 million as was expected.

Futures for delivery of corn in December gained $0.1225 (2.1 percent) to $6 per bushel as of 10:22 on CBoT. November futures for delivery of crude oil jumped as much as $3.54 (4.7 percent) to $79.21 per barrel by 13:42 on NYMEX.

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