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December 2011

Global Commodity Watch - December 2011

John Baffes's picture

Non-energy commodity prices fell by 3.3 percent in November—a fourth straight monthly decrease—on continued concerns about global demand, and partly dollar appreciation (up 1.3 percent against the euro). Declines were heaviest for rubber and iron ore. Oil prices rose above $100/bbl, mainly due to recovering WTI prices following announcement of plans to help alleviate the transportation bottleneck in the U.S mid-continent. U.S. natural gas and international coal prices fell on slowing demand and supply gains.

World Bank published latest commodity prices: December 2011

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In November energy prices rose by 4.5%. Non-energy prices extended their decline by 3.3%; food prices slipped by 0.8%; beverages declined by 3.3%; raw materials prices plummeted by 11.2%; metals fell by 2.5%; fertilizers dropped by 1.8%. The US dollar appreciated 1.3% against the euro and 0.6% against a broad index of currencies.

Prospects Weekly: Global financial markets are eager for policy action

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Global financial markets are eager for policy action. Bond yields for high-spread Euro Area sovereigns remain high, but eased somewhat this week with successful bond issuances by France and Spain and optimism that EU leaders will reach agreement to resolve the debt crisis at the forthcoming December 9th EU summit.

Prospects Daily: U.S. private jobs growth strong in November... Franco-German summit agrees tighter Euro Area fiscal regs

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Important developments today:

1. Italian and Spanish debt advances amid growing aid optimism

2. Press reports of prospective IMF involvement in European Financial Plans. In a Franco-German summit

3. U.S. November private sector jobs growth: upside surprise