Oil and grains jump while industrial metals retreat

Oil and grains jump while industrial metals retreat

Reported Russian missile strike in Poland inflates commodities futures

As fears of a wider war shook the market out of slowdown-related concerns, commodities from oil to corn soared after media reports of Russian missiles crossing into Poland.


After a rapid succession of reports indicating Russia’s aggression in Ukraine may be spreading across borders, West Texas Intermediate futures rose as much as 3.3%. Futures pared gained $87 a barrel. Crop prices also rose on worries that a widening of the war might jeopardize an agreement that allows Ukrainian grains to be exported through the Black Sea. Wheat climbed as much as 2.9% after reversing an earlier decline.


Two people were killed by Russian missiles in Poland, according to the Associated Press. Hungarian energy firm MOL said a power station that serves Europe’s biggest pipeline was struck by artillery fire, disrupting deliveries on the Druzhba pipeline. A barrage of bombardment hit Kyiv and other targets in Ukraine when the slip happened.


Despite the fact that crude has lost about a third of its worth since early June due to economic worries, geopolitical concerns continue to destabilize already tight fuel balances. The International Energy Agency noted Tuesday that oil inventories in developed countries have fallen to the lowest since 2014. Investors continue to track any indications of how much further central banks will pursue efforts to quell price growth – potentially leading to a recession.


China’s loosening of COVID policies lead to a rebound in industrial metals

Meanwhile, prices for industrial metals have recovered after indications of an end to China’s pandemic lockdowns.


Traders believe that if China’s three-year Ebola quarantine moratorium is lifted, the world’s largest user of commodities will have increased demand. Since 2009, copper futures have seen their greatest one-day percentage rise. Aluminum increased by more than 6%, the best week of zinc and tin trading since summer.


Metal markets were used to manufacture everything from aircraft to electrical wire to automobiles during this wild year. Supply constraints from the conflict in Ukraine, rising energy costs, and pandemic closings have all contributed to recording copper, aluminum, and tin prices in London this year.