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Oil moves up on trade deal optimism to settle higher for the week

Oil futures climb on Friday to tally a gain for the week, with optimism over phase one of a potential U.S.-China trade deal lifting prospects for energy demand, even as traders weigh a conflicting outlook for crude supplies. 3:13 p.m. Today

Gold finishes lower as trade deal hopes dent haven appeal

Gold futures finish lower Friday, after upbeat comments on the outlook for a “phase one” trade deal between the U.S. and China, as well as strength in the U.S. stock market, robbed the metal of its haven appeal. 2:01 p.m. Today

Why farm bankruptcies have climbed, even with milk and cheese prices up 40% this year

After suffering significant declines over the past few years, prices for milk and cheese are trading roughly 40% higher this year, but the rally didn’t come fast enough for dairy farmers, who have seen a spike in bankruptcy filings. 12:09 p.m. Today

Oil prices finish lower as domestic crude and gasoline supplies post weekly rise

Oil futures finish lower on Thursday after a U.S. government report revealed that domestic crude inventories rose for a third straight week and gasoline supplies logged their first rise in seven weeks. 3:11 p.m. Nov. 14, 2019

Gold tallies back-to-back gains as Treasury yields retreat

Gold futures settle higher on Thursday, building on gains from a day earlier as weakness in U.S. benchmark stock indexes and a drop in yields on government debt raise the precious metal’s investment appeal. 1:52 p.m. Nov. 14, 2019

Oil futures end higher to recoup most of their losses from back-to-back declines

Oil futures end higher on Wednesday, with prices recouping most of the losses they suffered over the past two trading sessions. 3:13 p.m. Nov. 13, 2019

Gold, silver prices score first gain in 5 sessions

Gold and silver prices post their first gain in five sessions on Wednesday, with uncertainty over the outlook for a U.S.-China trade deal and the first day of public impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump helping to support haven demand for the precious metal. 1:55 p.m. Nov. 13, 2019

Oil tallies back-to-back declines, finding little guidance on U.S.-China trade developments

Oil futures end slightly lower Tuesday to post back-to-back declines, as a speech by President Donald Trump failed to offer any market-moving insights related to progress on trade talks between China and the U.S., a driver of economic growth and demand for crude. 3:14 p.m. Nov. 12, 2019

Gold down a 4th straight session to settle at lowest since August

Gold futures mark a fourth straight session decline on Tuesday to settle at their lowest since August as strength in the U.S. dollar and fresh highs for U.S. stock indexes recently erode demand for haven gold. 2:34 p.m. Nov. 12, 2019

U.S. oil sinks as China trade tensions flare up; Natural-gas prices skid 5.5% lower

Oil futures settle lower Monday as recent developments in Sino-American trade negotiations reignite some fears about demand for energy assets in the face of a prolonged tariff scuffle 3:36 p.m. Nov. 11, 2019

Gold prices end lower to extend skid to 3-month low as haven demand fades

Gold futures on Monday finish solidly lower to start the week, as appetite for the perceived safety of assets like precious commodities continued to unravel 3:13 p.m. Nov. 11, 2019

Gold suffers its biggest weekly percentage decline in 2½ years

Gold futures settle with loss on Friday, at their lowest in more than three months, to post their biggest weekly percentage decline since May 2017. 5:35 p.m. Nov. 8, 2019

Oil registers a gain for the week, buoyed by fall in U.S. rig count

Oil futures give up earlier losses to finish higher Friday, with U.S. prices notching a fresh six-week high, as traders gauged expectations for energy demand against conflicting news tied to China-U.S. trade talks. 3:39 p.m. Nov. 8, 2019

Loss of global market share poses big long-term risk to U.S. agricultural markets

Investors in the commodities sector have closely tracked developments tied to U.S. trade policy, but the effects of the trade war go well beyond the day-to-day dealings in commodities such as soybeans and cotton, as the conflict forces U.S. trading partners to seek new suppliers. 3:00 p.m. Nov. 8, 2019

Oil ends higher as U.S. and China agree to phase out some tariffs if a deal is reached

Oil futures climb on Thursday to recoup most of their losses from a day earlier, after China and the U.S. agreed to lift existing tariffs if a partial trade deal is struck soon, signaling that trade talks are progressing and providing an upbeat backdrop for crude demand. 3:00 p.m. Nov. 7, 2019

Gold drops to a 3-month low as yields climb on signs of progress U.S.-China trade talks

Gold futures drop Thursday to post their lowest finish in three months, as renewed optimism about a near-term, partial U.S.-China trade agreement stirred a rise in debt yields, dulling the appeal of precious metals. 2:23 p.m. Nov. 7, 2019

Oil prices finish lower as U.S. crude supplies post weekly rise of nearly 8 million barrels

Oil futures finish lower on Wednesday after U.S. government data revealed that domestic crude supplies rose for a second week in a row, by nearly 8 million barrels. 3:04 p.m. Nov. 6, 2019

Gold recoups some of its recent losses, but holds below $1,500

Gold futures settled higher Wednesday, a day after the precious metal lost its grip on the psychologically significant $1,500 mark amid gains in stocks, yields and a firmer U.S. dollar — all headwinds for the commodity. 1:54 p.m. Nov. 6, 2019

Oil ends at 6-week high on optimism about demand after progress seen on trade deal

Oil futures rise Tuesday, with positive expectations around U.S.-China trade talks and a move further into record territory by U.S. stocks helping to lift global and U.S. benchmark crude prices to their highest settlements in six weeks. 3:17 p.m. Nov. 5, 2019

Gold ends at 3-week low as hopes for a trade deal support stocks, bond yields and the dollar

Gold futures fall on Tuesday, with strength in U.S. stocks, bond yields and the dollar on hopes for a U.S.-China trade deal, along with a stronger-than-expected ISM services reading, sending prices for the metal to their lowest finish in three weeks. 2:01 p.m. Nov. 5, 2019

Brent oil ends at a more than 5-week high as China trade progress, Aramco IPO fuel optimism

Oil futures settle higher on Monday, with global benchmark Brent crude at its highest in more than five weeks, as hope for a Sino-American trade resolution and Saudi Arabia’s plans to launch a public offering of Aramco helped to bolster sentiment in the energy complex. 3:41 p.m. Nov. 4, 2019

Gold ends lower as the U.S. stock market rallies but prices hold above $1,500

Gold futures end slightly lower Monday, pressured as U.S. benchmark stock indexes were on track to notch record levels, but the yellow metal holds ground above the key $1,500 level for third straight session as pros harbor doubts about U.S. economic vitality. 1:52 p.m. Nov. 4, 2019

Oil boosted by robust jobs data, fall in U.S. rig count, China trade hopes

Oil futures trade higher Friday, buoyed by a stronger-than-expected October jobs report and another drop in the number of U.S. rigs drilling for crude. 3:22 p.m. Nov. 1, 2019

Gold ends off 5-week high but tallies weekly gain in a period focused on jobs and Fed

Gold futures end modestly lower Friday but notch a weekly gain, as a closely watched report on U.S. employment came in better than expected, affirming the perception that the Federal Reserve will likely hold off on further interest rate cuts 2:23 p.m. Nov. 1, 2019

Oil prices fall to lowest finish in over a week, but cling to a modest monthly climb

Oil futures decline Thursday to settle at their lowest in over a week, with U.S. prices down a fourth session in a row, after a round of lackluster factory data from China and a report that Chinese officials have doubts over prospects for a long-term trade deal between Washington and Beijing. 3:01 p.m. Oct. 31, 2019

Gold climbs back above $1,500 to settle at a 5-week high

Gold futures climb above the key $1,500 level on Thursday to mark their highest settlement in five weeks, finding haven-related support from weakness in the U.S. stock market and the dollar. 2:12 p.m. Oct. 31, 2019

Oil prices end at 1-week low as EIA shows nearly 6 million-barrel weekly rise in U.S. supplies

Oil futures end with a loss on Wednesday after the Energy Information Administration reported a larger-than-expected weekly U.S. crude supply increase of almost 6 million barrels. 3:11 p.m. Oct. 30, 2019

Gold settles higher after back-to-back declines, then falls after Fed decision

Gold futures settle higher on Wednesday, after posting back-to-back declines, then head lower after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate but said it would monitor the economic outlook as it assesses its next decision on rates. 2:35 p.m. Oct. 30, 2019

Oil prices finish lower as traders weigh forecasts for domestic crude supplies

U.S. oil futures finish lower on Tuesday, but off the session’s worst levels, as traders weigh forecasts for a weekly rise in domestic crude supplies. 2:58 p.m. Oct. 29, 2019

Gold prices mark one-week low a day ahead of the Fed’s interest-rate decision

Gold futures fall for a second session in a row Tuesday, settling at their lowest in a week as strength in the U.S. stock market lures investors away from the precious metal, a day ahead of the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates. 2:21 p.m. Oct. 29, 2019

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