Crude oil prices soared yet again Friday amid continued supply worries, while gold took another beating.
Front-month contracts for light sweet crude were tacking on $1.08 at $124.77 a barrel in recent activity on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier in the session, the price hit an all-time high of $126.20 a barrel before pulling back.
"Medium and long-term perceptions of the tightness of oil market balances have worsened," writes the London-based commodities team at Barclays in a recent research report. There has been, "persistently disappointing non-OPEC performance so far in 2008, as well as supply disruptions in various locations, not least Nigeria," the report continues.
The exchange-traded funds that track the commodity,
iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index
United States Oil
, were up about 0.2%.
was losing 1.8%,
was down 0.7% and
was weaker by 1.5%.
was losing 1.3%, and
was off 3.9%.
Elsewhere in the commodities complex, gold prices were slipping, with benchmark contracts down $6.10 at $876 an ounce on the Comex division of the Nymex.
The bullion exchange-traded funds, which own bars of solid gold, were dipping also.
streetTracks Gold Shares
iShares Comex Gold Trust
were both down more than 1%.
In currencies, the greenback was falling against the euro, with one dollar selling for $1.544 vs. $1.5404 a day earlier. One dollar was buying 103.21 Japanese yen, down from 104 yen previously. The British pound was selling for $1.9472 vs. $1.9529.
CurrencyShares Euro Trust
CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust
were rising 0.4% and 0.9%, respectively. The
CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling
was off 0.3%.