04 JULY 2013: OIL PRICES SKYROCKET DUE TO TURMOIL IN EGYPT
DAILY MARKET REVIEWS
by Arne Treholt Vice-President of Business Development and Investments
Oil prices moved steadily up yesterday on continued turmoil in the Middle East, and threat of disruptions in the transportation of Oil from the region. NYMEX, New York crude, is up 4%, trading at USD 101 a barrel. Brent crude raised to USD 105.75 after the Egyptian military ousted the elected president Mohammed Morsi, who rejected to give in to the presented ultimatum to withdraw.The military has taken over power and promised to prepare for new presidential elections.
The military coup came after thorough demonstrations and clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi. President Morsi’s opponents welcomed the military intervention. The unrest in Egypt threatens the stability in the whole Middle East; Egypt being the most populous state in the region with borders also to Israel. Gold and Silver, which have fallen steeply over the last few months, also gained on the development, as did the Japanese Ten. USD/JPY trades at 99.93. EUR/USD is 1.3003.
Attention in the US was focused on the jobless claims which came in 5000 lower than last week. Unemployment data for June is slightly better than in May, falling to 7.5 %. This is still far from the 6.5% the US Federal Reserve (FED) has set as a target for ending quantitative easing. Presented numbers on trade and services were disappointing, and do not point to a quick turnaround in the American economy.
Dow Jones and Nasdaq ended up, after a short and volatile session before closing for the 4th of July Independence celebrations. Dow was 12 points short of breaking the 15 000 level. European markets were weak after the last turmoil in Portugal, where several ministers including the influential Minister of Foreign Affairs, have threatened to leave the government. The political crisis has revived fears of a Portuguese debt crisis. In Greece there are questions whether the Samaras-Government will be able to live up to the obligations set by the troika, which put pressure on European equity markets and indeed the Euro.
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