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Oil suffers a loss, dragging U.S. benchmark below $40 a barrel

Oil falls on Friday, posting a loss for the week, with increasing exports from Libya and worries about crude demand on the back of accelerating cases of COVID-19 prompting U.S. prices to finish under $40 a barrel for the first time in nearly three weeks. 3:20 p.m. Oct. 23, 2020

Gold edges up for the session, but posts back-to-back weekly declines

Gold futures finish Friday with a modest gain, but post a second weekly loss in a row, with traders looking to discussions on the U.S. coronavirus relief package, moves in the dollar and the upcoming presidential election for the metal's next big catalyst. 2:20 p.m. Oct. 23, 2020

Oil prices end higher as some signs point to demand recovery

Oil prices end higher on Thursday, as a fall in U.S. jobless claims to a new pandemic low and progress toward a fresh coronavirus aid package boost prospects for energy demand. Russia's president, meanwhile, reportedly suggested that he was open to delaying a January OPEC+ production hike, contributing further support to prices. 3:09 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020

What diesel demand and prices tell us about the economic outlook

The diesel market serves as a barometer for the state of the economy because the fuel is widely used in the transportation industry, and the signals it’s giving off in terms of supply, demand and prices don’t point to a very promising future. 2:42 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020

Gold settles lower, but holds above $1,900 on signs of fiscal stimulus bill progress

Gold settles lower Thursday, but comments from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised hopes for a deal on another round of coronavirus aid, prompting prices to hold ground above the key $1,900-an-ounce mark. 2:13 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020

Why Goldman Sachs sees a 2021 bull market brewing for commodities

Most commodities face a supply deficit on the back of a drop in capital expenditures, and together with a weakening dollar and prospects for further stimulus measures create a bullish outlook for the market next year, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020

Oil prices end at 1-week low as demand worries overshadow decline in U.S. crude supplies

Oil futures fell to their lowest finish in over a week on Wednesday, as demand concerns from rising cases of COVID-19 and the potential for more economic overshadowed smaller-than-expected declines in U.S. crude supplies. 3:27 p.m. Oct. 21, 2020

Gold posts highest finish in a month as U.S. dollar slips, but risks abound

Gold prices tally a third straight gain on Wednesday, with prices for the precious metal marking their highest finish in over a month, as a rise in bond yields was overshadowed by weakness in the U.S. dollar. 2:14 p.m. Oct. 21, 2020

Gold scores back-to-back gains, settles at highest in over a week

Gold futures score back-to-back session gains on Tuesday, with weakness in the dollar helping to lift prices to their highest settlement in just over a week. 3:28 p.m. Oct. 20, 2020

Oil prices log first gain in 4 sessions

Oil futures shake off early losses Tuesday to log their first gain in four session, lifting U.S. benchmark prices to their highest finish in almost seven weeks. 3:22 p.m. Oct. 20, 2020

Copper futures post highest finish in over 2 years

Copper futures climbed Tuesday, as signs of strengthening demand from China help lift prices for the industrial metal to their highest finish in more than two years. 2:19 p.m. Oct. 20, 2020

Oil ends lower even as OPEC+ committee reiterates output-cut pledge

Oil futures finish Monday with a modest loss, failing to find much support as an OPEC+ committee reiterated its commitment to production cuts and said it "encouraged" some producers to fully compensate for production above their quotas. 3:28 p.m. Oct. 19, 2020

Gold prices end higher as investors focus on talks on coronavirus relief

Gold prices on Monday end higher to start the week, with talk of a last-ditch effort to strike a deal by U.S. lawmakers on a fresh round of fiscal relief before the 2020 presidential elections helping to drive buying appetite, experts said. 2:17 p.m. Oct. 19, 2020

Oil ends lower on demand concerns, but prices score a gain on the week

Oil futures slip lower Friday, as an accelerating rise in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe heightens worries about demand for crude. 3:31 p.m. Oct. 16, 2020

Gold prices post losses for the session and week

Gold prices end lower on Friday to tally a weekly decline, as overall strength in U.S. currency weighs on dollar-pegged metals. 2:24 p.m. Oct. 16, 2020

Here’s how the U.S. presidential election could shake up the oil market

The oil market has been preoccupied for months with concerns surrounding weaker demand driven by Covid-19 economic restrictions, but the U.S. presidential election has started to take center stage as traders weigh election-win scenarios and the potential outcomes for the energy sector. 2:21 p.m. Oct. 16, 2020

Oil ends lower as Europe lockdowns feed demand concerns, but prices nearly erase losses as weekly U.S. supplies drop

Oil futures settle lower Thursday as rising COVID-19 infections lead to renewed restrictions on movement in several European countries, raising concerns over a further slowdown in energy demand. Prices, however, nearly erase their loss for the session after U.S. government data showed a better-than-expected weekly decline in domestic crude supplies. 3:09 p.m. Oct. 15, 2020

Gold shifts course to end higher as Europe lockdowns, Brexit worries lift haven demand for the metal

Gold futures recovered early Thursday losses to finish with a modest gain, as new lockdowns in Europe to combat rising coronavirus cases and concerns about Brexit buoyed haven demand for the metal, outweighing pressure from strength in the U.S. dollar. 2:13 p.m. Oct. 15, 2020

Oil prices finish higher, encouraged by OPEC+ commitment to output cuts

Oil futures stretch their gains to a second session Wednesday, as Saudi Arabia and Russia reportedly held discussions, reiterating the OPEC+ commitment to abide by the production-cut agreement. A report by the International Energy Agency, however, underlined fears an acceleration in new COVID-19 cases around the world will dent demand for crude. 3:17 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020

Gold settles back above $1,900 an ounce

Gold futures finish higher on Wednesday, recouping much of what they lost a day earlier when bullion sank below a psychologically significant level at $1,900 an ounce. 2:00 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020

Oil ends higher after sharp jump in Chinese imports

Oil futures finish higher Tuesday, with U.S. prices reclaiming the $40 mark a day after settling at their lowest in a week, as data showed a jump in Chinese crude imports. 2:59 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020

Gold prices log first loss in 4 sessions

Gold futures drop back below $1,900 an ounce on Tuesday, with prices marking their first loss in four sessions, as hope for a U.S. fiscal stimulus package faded and strength in the U.S. dollar dulls the appeal of the precious metal. 1:59 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020

IEA’s best case scenario calls for energy demand recovery in 3 years

Global energy demand isn’t likely to return to levels seen before the COVID-19 crisis for another three years, under the best case scenario presented by the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook report issued Tuesday. 1:21 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020

Oil prices log lowest finish in a week as constrained supplies come back on line

Crude futures log their lowest finish in a week Monday as producers begin restoring output in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Delta and Norwegian oil workers end a strike that had threatened production. 3:08 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020

Gold ends higher, but rise in global equities caps gains

Gold futures on Monday end higher, holding near a three-week peak as uncertainty continues to surround the upcoming U.S. presidential election. 2:27 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020

Oil settles lower on reported end to Norway strike, but gains on week as Hurricane Delta shuts Gulf output

Oil futures settle lower Friday following a reported end to a strike in Norway that threatened production, but the U.S. benchmark scored a nearly 10% weekly advance as Hurricane Delta nears landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast. 3:07 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020

Gold ends at a 3-week high, up 1% for the week

Gold futures settle Friday at their highest in three weeks, up roughly 1% from a week ago as the dollar loses ground and investors track stimulus talks in Washington. 3:07 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020

Why gold may not climb to a fresh record before the year ends

Gold was up by close to 40% for the year when it hit a record high in August, but it has since nearly halved that gain, and some analysts say a move to fresh all-time highs in the final quarter may be out of reach for the precious metal. 12:42 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020

Oil ends higher as hurricane cuts over 90% of Gulf crude output

Oil prices end higher Thursday as Hurricane Delta forced the shut-in of more than 90% of the Gulf of Mexico's crude output, while the Saudis reportedly consider postponing OPEC plans to raise output, and a strike in Norway threatens production in the North Sea. 3:11 p.m. Oct. 8, 2020

OPEC+ committee’s power of words helps to lift oil prices

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies held a regularly scheduled monthly joint committee meeting on Thursday that wasn’t expected to offer any surprises, but nevertheless has made a convincing impression on those doubting the oil producers’ commitment to fully comply with their agreed output cuts. 3:07 p.m. Sept. 17, 2020

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