(MT Newswires) – Crude ended Friday’s session higher on a better-than-expected US jobs report. The price gains came after the release of a US nonfarm payrolls report that showed the country added 128,000 jobs last month, well above the 95,000 new jobs expected by Action Economics. Comments from US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the initial phase of a trade agreement with China will be ready for signing by mid-month also supported prices, as did positive economic data from China, where factory activity rose at the fastest pace in two years. Earlier in the week, oil prices had declined as Bloomberg reported that Chinese officials were concerned that they may not be able to reach a trade deal with the United States and China was unwilling to make concessions on demands for structural changes to its economy. Worries that the trade war will continue come a day after the US government data showed that stockpiles of crude rose last week, which some in the market saw as a sign that demand for oil is weak. The Energy Information Administration said inventories of crude oil rose by 5.7 million barrels to 438.9 million barrels in the week ended Oct. 25. The data also showed that US stockpiles of crude oil are now about 1% above the five-year average for this time of year. The weekly gain followed a decline of 1.7 million barrels in the prior period, which was the first decrease since early September. This compares with the American Petroleum Institute’s report on Tuesday that US oil inventories fell by 708,000 barrels the previous week, while forecasts called for a rise of about one million barrels. Meanwhile, the number of oil rigs operating in the US fell for the second straight week to remain at a 30-month low. The crude equipment tally fell by five to 691 in the week through Friday to remain at their lowest level since 688 were operating in the week ended April 21, 2017, data from Houston-based energy services firm Baker Hughes (BKR) showed. A year ago, there were 874 oil rigs operating.
Light, sweet crude oil for November delivery fell 1.04% for the week, settling at $54.18 per barrel at the end of Friday’s session. In other energy futures, gasoline was up 1.24% over the five-day period and settled at $1.59 per gallon on Friday. Natural gas was up 9.92% on the week, ending Friday at $2.63 per 1 million British thermal unit.
The SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Index Total Return Index (SDCITR) fell 0.30% for the week, compared with a growth of 1.17% in the prior week.
Gold ended Friday at $1,514.80 and the week up 0.54%, with prices gaining support from the Federal Reserve move earlier in the week to cut the target range on its policy lending rate for a third straight time. Gold saw losses early Friday as the US dollar rose following a better-than-expected jobs report and trade optimism, which reduced the metal’s appeal as a safe haven. On the other hand, copper prices rose during Friday’s session, ending at a settlement price of $2.64 but ultimately closed the week down 0.84% following the upbeat factory activity data from China. The Caixin/Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for October showed that China’s manufacturing output rose to 51.7 last month from 51.4 in September and much better than the 51 reading that economists had predicted in a Reuter’s poll.
In agricultural commodities news, US corn declined on Friday, settling at a price of $3.89 per bushel on worries over possible delays in the crop’s harvest, but managed to eke a weekly gain of 0.19%. Soybeans also ended the week 1.52% higher, closing Friday’s session at $9.37 per bushel as the prospects for a “phase one” trade deal between the US and China once again turned positive. However, Washington’s demand for China to buy as much as $50 billion of US farm products — something Beijing has been reluctant to commit to — could remain a point of contention in future negotiations between the two countries. Meanwhile, wheat ended the week down 0.29%, closing the Friday session at a price of $5.16 per bushel. Other commodities were mostly higher: sugar had a weekly increase of 1.14% and settled at a price of $0.12 per pound on Friday; cocoa was up 0.65% for the week and closed Friday’s session at $2,478 per tonne; and coffee was around $1.04 per pound at Friday’s close, up 5.04% for the week.
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