Archive for March, 2014

Ukrainian Crisis Unsettles Commodities

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Flag on barricade in UkraineCurrent unrest in the Ukrainian – or Russian? – province of Crimea continues to reverberate around the commodity markets.

The global oil benchmark, Brent crude, has seen its price tumble throughout the week after opening above $108 following the Crimean secession vote.

By Thursday it had lost nearly three dollars, although the US WTI price has risen. Such moves appear to be driven by US calls to release oil to the markets to sidestep Russian supplies.

With the UK government also urging its European neighbours to cut energy imports from the East, energy is trading more on policy moves than fundamentals, something that agile online traders may be able to turn to some advantage.