18.03.2014 - Commodities cushioned from Crimea crisis by ample supply
Unprecedented natural gas reserves in Europe, record global grain output and the threat of mutual economic calamity from oil sanctions are cushioning commodity prices even as the Ukraine-Russia conflict spurs a gold rally. While UK gas prices, a European benchmark, rose 5.1 per cent since the crisis began at the end of February, they are still the lowest for this time of year since 2010. Brent crude fell 1 percent. After wheat advanced 15 per cent and corn 4.6 per cent, both remain about a quarter below the peaks in 2010, the last time Russia and Ukraine curbed shipments. Gold reached a six-month high on March 14 as demand for a haven grew...............................................Full Article: Source
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