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Why oil traders say this key crude delivery point looks ‘basically empty’

Backwardation in the futures contracts for U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil implies a shortage of supplies at the Cushing, Okla. delivery hub for the contracts, an analyst told MarketWatch on Friday. 3:58 p.m. Oct. 22, 2021

U.S. oil futures score the longest weekly winning streak on record

Oil futures climb on Friday, with U.S. prices tallying a record streak of weekly gains, up nine weeks in a row, on the back of easing travel restrictions, a slow recovery in U.S. production and expectations for higher energy demand for the holidays. 3:24 p.m. Oct. 22, 2021

Gold climbs, but ends below the session’s high after Powell’s ‘time to taper’ remarks

Gold futures climb Friday, but with bullion ending below the day's best levels after remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell raised the likelihood that the central bank will start to slow, or taper, its monthly asset purchases. 2:11 p.m. Oct. 22, 2021

U.S. oil benchmark ends lower, taking a break from its rally to 7-year highs

Oil futures settle lower Thursday, with analysts citing profit-taking after a sustained run to multiyear highs. 3:15 p.m. Oct. 21, 2021

Gold prices finish lower after two day advance

Gold futures settle with a loss on Thursday, on the heels of a two-session climb, as investors take a step back from buying that has been supported by concerns over a rise in inflation. 1:57 p.m. Oct. 21, 2021

U.S. oil prices up a 5th session as domestic supplies post a surprise decline

Oil futures finish higher on Wednesday, buoyed by a surprise weekly decline in U.S. crude inventories and a drop in gasoline stocks to their lowest in almost two years, even as China's move to bolster coal supplies looked to dull the outlook for oil demand. 3:12 p.m. Oct. 20, 2021

Gold futures post back-to-back gains, supported by rising inflation

Gold futures settle higher for a second day in a row on Wednesday, as support from concerns over a rise in inflation outweighs pressure from strength in U.S. Treasury yields. 2:16 p.m. Oct. 20, 2021

Oil futures finish at multiyear highs as Russia’s offer to boost natural-gas supplies may come with a catch

Oil futures climb on Tuesday, finishing at fresh multiyear highs on reports that Russia's offer to boost natural-gas supplies to Europe may come with a catch. 3:10 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021

Gold prices mark first gain in 3 sessions as U.S. dollar weakens

Gold futures end higher on Tuesday, bucking headwinds from a rise in global stocks, as a weaker U.S. dollar helps prices for the precious metal score their first gain in three sessions. 2:02 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021

Brent oil futures mark first loss in 3 sessions; natural-gas prices end at a more than 3-week low

Oil futures take a split path on Monday, with the global benchmark ending lower for the first time in three sessions and the U.S. benchmark significantly paring early gains after both touched multiyear highs. 3:20 p.m. Oct. 18, 2021

Gold futures stretch losses to a second straight session

Gold futures settle with a loss on Monday for a second straight session, pressured by a rise in bitcoin and some strength in U.S. Treasury yields, but with a retreat in most global stock markets helping to limit losses for the precious metal. 2:07 p.m. Oct. 18, 2021

Oil futures finish higher, with prices up an 8th straight week

Oil prices extend their rise to multiyear highs on Friday, with U.S. and global benchmark crude scoring an eighth weekly gain in a row, the longest such streak of gains for a front-month Brent contract in over two decades. 3:37 p.m. Oct. 15, 2021

Gold ends lower, but prices log strongest weekly gain since early September

Gold futures end lower on Friday, as strength in Treasury yields and the U.S. stock market help lead prices to their first loss in four sessions, but the precious metal still notched its best weekly advance in six weeks. 2:08 p.m. Oct. 15, 2021

Oil prices log fresh multiyear highs on bets for higher demand, but EIA posts biggest weekly U.S. supply climb since March

Oil futures rise Thursday, with U.S. and global benchmark prices notching fresh multiyear highs after the International Energy Agency underlined climbing demand from power generators in the face of soaring prices for natural gas and coal, but a third straight weekly rise in domestic crude inventories kept price gains in check. 3:01 p.m. Oct. 14, 2021

Gold posts third gain in a row after brief climb above $1,800 an ounce

Gold futures on Thursday stretch their gains into a third consecutive session to settle at the highest price in a month, after briefly climbing above the key $1,800 level. 2:10 p.m. Oct. 14, 2021

Why consumers will be paying a lot more for natural gas this winter

Natural-gas prices are on track to score their largest yearly gain in more than two decades, raising the likelihood of high winter-heating bills, after volatile action so far this month that’s seen prices for the fossil fuel climb to the highest level in almost 13 years, then drop back to their lowest in weeks. 12:51 p.m. Oct. 14, 2021

U.S. oil prices post first loss in 5 sessions, but hold above the key $80 mark

Oil futures fall on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark slipping below a nearly seven-year high to post the first loss in five sessions. 3:01 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021

Gold futures end at one-month high as dollar, bond yields fall after inflation report

Gold futures gain 2% on Wednesday to settle at their highest in about a month, finding support as the U.S. dollar and bond yields weakened following reports on inflation. 2:15 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021

U.S. consumers brace for double-digit percentage gains in winter heating bills

U.S. consumers will face sharp increases in energy costs this winter no matter what type of fuel they use to heat their homes, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration released Wednesday. 1:05 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021

U.S. oil prices tally 4th straight gain, but Brent ends lower as IMF trims global growth outlook

Oil futures end on a mixed note Tuesday, with U.S. prices stretching their streak of gains to a fourth session, but global crude benchmark prices settle lower after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global economic growth forecast. 3:20 p.m. Oct. 12, 2021

Gold prices post first gain in 4 sessions to settle at highest in nearly a week

Gold futures mark their first gain in four sessions on Tuesday, with prices for the precious metal settling at their highest in almost a week after the International Monetary Fund said the global economy is losing momentum. 2:24 p.m. Oct. 12, 2021

U.S. oil books first settlement above $80 in almost 7 years

Oil futures begin the week with additional gains on Monday, with the U.S. benchmark finishing above $80 a barrel for the first time in nearly seven years. 3:04 p.m. Oct. 11, 2021

Gold futures end lower, match longest string of losses in over 3 weeks

Gold futures on Monday settle with a loss for a third straight session, extending declines from late last week following a weaker-than-expected September jobs report. 2:09 p.m. Oct. 11, 2021

Gasoline prices at a 7-year high may take a ‘bite out of holiday spending’: GasBuddy

Gasoline prices at the pump recently touched their highest level since 2014, coinciding with a surge in oil prices to their highest in almost seven years, according to travel and navigation app GasBuddy. 1:59 p.m. Oct. 11, 2021

U.S. oil futures post a nearly 5% weekly climb after touching highs above $80 a barrel

Oil futures climb on Friday, with U.S. prices scoring a nearly 5% gain for the week after touching highs above $80 a barrel for the first time in almost seven years. 3:17 p.m. Oct. 8, 2021

Gold ends lower for week as prices give up gains from ‘disappointing’ September U.S. employment reading

Gold futures end lower on Friday, giving back earlier gains seen on the back of employment data from the Labor Department that revealed the U.S. economy created a lot less jobs than expected in September. 2:03 p.m. Oct. 8, 2021

Oil futures settle higher on SPR talk; natural-gas prices end almost flat

Oil prices recoup on Thursday some of their recent losses from a larger-than-expected rise in U.S. crude inventories, after the Energy Department reportedly says it has no plans to release crude from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. 3:05 p.m. Oct. 7, 2021

Gold futures end lower as U.S. weekly jobless claims decline

Gold futures end lower on Thursday, with prices easing back as U.S. Treasury yields rise following weekly data that revealed a fall in jobless claims. 1:59 p.m. Oct. 7, 2021

Lofty prices for natural gas may fuel a swing back to oil as a power source

With the global push toward cutting carbon emissions, it’s tough to imagine a setback that would lead to a shift from a cleaner-burning fuel to oil. But that’s what may happen, with United Kingdom natural gas touching record highs, and U.S. prices more than double this year, and at their highest since 2008. 1:31 p.m. Oct. 7, 2021

Natural-gas futures drop over 10% as Putin says Russia will boost supplies to Europe

Natural-gas futures decline by just over 10% after Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country will meet its obligations to Europe and help stabilize the market. 3:06 p.m. Oct. 6, 2021

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