Crude oil prices are modestly higher for the second day in a row after a mildly bullish API oil inventory report release late yesterday. The gains in oil are primarily driven by short covering after a significant decline in prices that began in mid-June.
The U.S. Comex gold futures has declined 1.21% this week to $1,143.90 and has fallen 2.38% month-to-date. This week, the S&P 500 Index has risen 2.31% and the Euro Stoxx 50 Index has surged 4.21% while the crude oil futures have declined 3.47%.
The markets generally have continued to stabilize after the Greeks appear to have backtracked in their willingness to accept certain austerity measures as a condition of further financial assistance and the measures that the Chinese government instituted to bolster her failing equity markets appear to have worked for the moment.
The U.S. Comex gold futures dropped 0.94 percent this week and fell 1.64 percent this month to end at $1,152.60. Month-to-date, the S&P 500 Index returned 0.91 percent while the Euro Stoxx 50 Index fell 3.74 percent.