12 December 2012 13:32 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The front-month ICE Brent contract gained more than $1.00/bbl on Wednesday over expectations of further monetary stimulus measures in the US.
By 13:00 GMT, the front-month January ICE Brent contract touched an intra-day high at $109.14/bbl, a gain of $1.13/bbl compared to the settlement on Tuesday. The contract then edged lower to trade around $109.05/bbl.
At the same time the front-month January NYMEX WTI contract was trading around $86.45/bbl, having touched an intra-day high at $86.55/bbl, a gain of 76 cents/bbl compared to the previous close.
Crude futures along with many other commodities were trading at firmer levels on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will announce a fresh round of quantitative easing.
Stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region were closing at higher levels, including the Shanghai index, Nikkei 225 and Hang Seng Index. Similarly in Europe, the FTSE100 and CAC40 were also trading up.
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