Investor Alert


Oil ends higher on fresh tensions in the Middle East, but books a sharp loss for the week

Oil futures end higher on Friday, after a report Iran has seized a U.K.-flagged tanker raised the potential for disruptions to the flow of crude through the Strait of Hormuz. Prices, however, fell for the week as concerns over a slowdown in demand weighed, while U.S. production looks to soon fully recover from a recent storm-related disruption. 3:30 p.m. July 19, 2019

Gold loses steam after tapping fresh 6-year highs

Gold futures lose steam on Friday, finishing lower for the session as the dollar looks ready to end higher for the week. The decline for the yellow metal, however, came on the heels of its first intraday climb above $1,450 an ounce in six years. 2:01 p.m. July 19, 2019

Natural gas may recover from its year-to-date loss by the end of the summer

Natural-gas prices have finally broken out of the tight trading range they’ve been stuck in for the past six months to mark a bottom for this year, setting their sights on a bounce back as prices near a three-year low look to boost demand. 11:47 a.m. July 19, 2019

Gold settles at 6-year high, extends rally in electronic trading

Gold futures notch a fresh six-year high on Thursday, then extend their gains into the electronic trading session on the back of dovish comments from a Federal Reserve official, worsening tensions in the Middle East and a drop in the dollar. 4:20 p.m. July 18, 2019

Oil prices drop nearly 3% to lowest settlement in a month

Earlier gains for oil futures on the back of increased tensions in the Middle East give way to sizable declines Thursday, pushing prices to their lowest settlement in a month. 3:08 p.m. July 18, 2019

Silver rallies to its highest in over a year, plays ‘catch up’ to gold’s gains

Silver futures mark a fifth straight session gain on Thursday, to their highest finish in more than a year as tight supply concerns, along with strength in gold, help lift prices 2:08 p.m. July 18, 2019

Oil prices at two-week low as U.S. crude supplies fall less than expected and product stocks climb

Oil futures mark their lowest finish in roughly two weeks Wednesday as U.S. government data reveal that domestic crude supplies fell for a fifth straight week, but inventories were down by less than the market expected and product stockpiles climbed. 3:18 p.m. July 17, 2019

Gold futures climb to a fresh six-year high

Gold futures finish higher Wednesday, sending prices to a fresh six-year high as the U.S. dollar weakened and traders weigh expectations for a U.S. interest-rate cut. 2:12 p.m. July 17, 2019

U.S. oil prices at lowest in over a week as Pompeo says Iran is ready to talk

Oil futures settled sharply lower Tuesday, with U.S. prices at their lowest in over a week,, following reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is ready to enter negotiations over its missile program. 3:31 p.m. July 16, 2019

Gold prices end lower; silver rallies to highest finish since February

Gold prices ended lower on Tuesday, after a rise in U.S. retail sales contributing to a stronger U.S. dollar. The upbeat retail sales number, however, also lifted prices for silver, brightening the metal’s industrial demand prospects. 2:06 p.m. July 16, 2019

Oil prices end lower after last week’s gains as Gulf storm threat passes

Oil futures settle lower Monday, giving back a portion of last week’s sizable gains, as production in the Gulf of Mexico begins a post-storm recovery. 3:07 p.m. July 15, 2019

Gold prices settle at nearly two-week peak

Gold futures edge higher on Monday, extending the gains scored last week to finish at their highest in almost two weeks. 2:44 p.m. July 15, 2019

Why the U.S. oil market is more ‘vulnerable’ now than it was in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina

Tropical Storm Barry won’t pack the same punch as Hurricane Katrina, but less intense storms in the Gulf of Mexico may have a great impact on the energy market that has seen sizable growth in refining capacity and the lifting of crude exports in the 14 years since that devastating hurricane. 9:30 a.m. July 13, 2019

Iran tensions boost oil prices for the week, but Tropical Storm Barry provides little support

Oil futures climb for the week as tensions persist in the Middle East, but prices post only a small gain Friday with a Gulf of Mexico storm expected to cause a limited reduction in the region’s oil and natural-gas production. 3:23 p.m. July 12, 2019

Gold scores gains for the day and week as the Fed reinforces rate-cut hopes

Gold futures end higher Friday for a weekly gain, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell did nothing to dispel expectations for a rate cut later this month. 2:01 p.m. July 12, 2019

Platinum is a bargain hidden behind the rally in palladium and gold

Palladium’s record prices have grabbed the spotlight. but at nearly half the cost per ounce, platinum, its sister metal, deserves attention too. 11:59 a.m. July 12, 2019

Oil settles lower, shrugs off storm-related short-term cut to Gulf of Mexico output

Oil futures settle lower on Thursday, shrugging off earlier gains even as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico cuts oil output in the region by more than half. OPEC sees lower demand for its own crude oil next year, citing competition from the U.S. 2:56 p.m. July 11, 2019

Gold settles lower, pulls back from highest levels in a week

Gold on Thursday settle lower, pulling back from their highest levels in a week even as remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell were seen signaling a rate cut remains likely at the end of the month. 2:16 p.m. July 11, 2019

Oil settles at highest since May, as U.S. crude supplies drop a fourth week and a storm threatens Gulf of Mexico output

Oil prices rally Wednesday to highest since May, buoyed by data showing a fourth consecutive weekly decline in U.S. crude inventories and a weaker dollar after dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. A storm in the Gulf of Mexico has also raised expectations for disruptions to oil and gas production. 3:16 p.m. July 10, 2019

Gold futures end at 1-week high as U.S. dollar dips on dovish remarks from Fed Chair Powell

Gold futures climb sharply on Wednesday to log their highest finish in a week, as the U.S. dollar weakened on remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that were perceived as dovish. 2:10 p.m. July 10, 2019

U.S. oil prices tally a fourth straight session gain

Oil futures tally a fourth straight session gain on Tuesday, buoyed by tensions with Iran and expectations for a weekly decline in U.S. crude supplies, though concerns about energy demand remain 3:08 p.m. July 9, 2019

Gold settles above $1,400 as investors await interest-rate hints from Fed Chair Powell

Gold futures top $1,400 an ounce, ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday which could offer clues about the prospects for interest-rate cuts. 1:49 p.m. July 9, 2019

Global gold-backed ETF assets log biggest monthly rise in 7 years

Assets under management among gold-backed exchange-traded funds in June saw their biggest monthly percentage climb since 2012, as prices for the yellow metal touched their highest levels in six years, according to a report from the World Gold Council released Tuesday. 8:01 a.m. July 9, 2019

U.S. oil prices end higher as threat of Washington-Tehran conflict grows

Oil futures diverge Monday, with U.S. prices up a third straight session while global benchmark Brent finishes lower, as tensions with Iran, and the possibility of disruptions to oil flow in the Middle East, increase, but concerns surrounding energy demand remain. 3:14 p.m. July 8, 2019

Gold holds at $1,400 with Powell’s testimony expected to provide a catalyst for the next big move

Gold futures inch lower on Monday, holding at $1,400 an ounce, as traders weigh the scope for rate cuts by the Federal Reserve following last week’s stronger-than-expected round of June jobs data and await Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to Congress this week. 1:56 p.m. July 8, 2019

Oil prices rise, but post first weekly loss in 3 weeks

Oil futures climb Friday as tensions in the Middle East grow, but prices suffer their first weekly loss in three weeks as energy-demand worries persist. 3:20 p.m. July 5, 2019

Gold prices drop, log a loss of 1% for the week

Gold prices decline Friday, sending prices lower for the week, as a stronger better-than-expected rise in June U.S. jobs dulls expectations for interest-rate cuts and lifts the benchmark U.S. dollar index to a more than two-week high. 2:08 p.m. July 5, 2019

OPEC, allies waging a battle to keep oil prices supported amid trade tensions

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision to extend production curbs by another nine months shows just how concerned the group and allied oil producers are about a slowdown in energy demand. 6:53 a.m. July 4, 2019

Oil prices end higher as U.S. crude supplies post a modest, but third straight weekly decline

Oil futures end higher Wednesday, after posting a roughly two-week low Tuesday, as U.S. government data show domestic crude supplies were down a third straight week, though fell less than forecast. 3:12 p.m. July 3, 2019

Gold, palladium compete for the title ‘most precious metal’

An impressive rally has lifts prices for gold back to 2013 highs, while palladium prices have notched records. 2:20 p.m. July 3, 2019

Link to MarketWatch's Slice.