Crude oil prices edged up on Friday boosted by stronger than expected U.S. economic data though the longer-term outlook for energy markets remains weak due to a global oil supply glut and uncertainty over economic growth prospects in Asia.
Another day, another massive sell off and rally. The close to the markets yesterday re-illustrated the illiquid nature of the futures markets, specifically the equity markets and long term fixed income markets.
Today certainly appears to be a corrective move both domestically and abroad following yesterday`s dramatic near record-setting selloff in the equity index markets. With the Dow down nearly 1200 points at one time and the S&P 500 off nearly 150 points, the market was headed for the single worst day in history before some furious buying staved off that dubious title.
The Greek parliament has approved the bailout package and the market has accepted it with a strong corrective rally in the equities indices after yesterday afternoon featured some protective selling near the close.
Today feels like a correction day after we saw strong rallies in the energy markets including crude, gasoline and natural gas. It is not uncommon to see a correction on Friday when the balance of the week has seen the price discovery grind in one direction.