Commodity Prices Oil Prices Rises Amidst Concerns About US-Russia Tensions

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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude reached its highest level since December 2014, extending gains after the US Energy Information Administration’s weekly report showed an unexpected drawdown in oil inventories.

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Commodities surge to highest since 2015
Commodities surge to highest since 2015
(Source: Bloomberg)

New York/USA (Bloomberg) -- A key gauge of commodity prices has reached its highest level in two and a half years as oil rises and concerns about US-Russia tensions boost industrial metals.

The CRB commodity index rose more than one percent on Wednesday, touching 201.88, its top level since October 2015.

“While oil is certainly a main contributor today, nickel is spiking by more than 10 % on worries that a furtherance of Russian sanctions will hit Norilsk Nickel, the world’s second-biggest producer,” Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Financial Group LLC, wrote in a note Wednesday.

The metals market, meanwhile, has been thrown into turmoil by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal, the largest aluminum producer outside China. Aluminum has risen more than 25 % in the last ten sessions to the highest level since August 2011 amid a scramble by consumers, manufacturers and traders to secure supply. Now, nickel is following in its footsteps.