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.
Crude oil prices ended their worst month since the 2008 financial crisis after 3 events in a row knocked oil and other commodities for a loop. Those three events in order are Greece, Iran and China; and while I guess you can't call them "black swan" events, the timing of all three colliding at the same time led to the oil markets July swan song.
Gold edged higher on Tuesday, the day after it took its deepest dive in years and hit five-year lows, with many dealers bracing for more losses on expectations for a rise in U.S. interest rates and subdued demand from India.
Chinese stocks tumbled again on Friday, taking the week's losses to more than 10 percent, as the securities regulator said it was investigating suspected market manipulation and announced a slew of measures aimed at heading off a full-blown crash.