Roughly one month ago, the price of a gold futures contract expiring in December was trading at just above $1,200 per ounce. In the past few days a so-called “bear raid” on the gold market in general has driven its price down close to $1,080.
Option traders were clearly not set-up for a more than 30% surge in shares of Kraft (Ticker: KRFT) following a deal to merge the company with Heinz (Ticker: HNZ) to create The Kraft Heinz Co. On Tuesday, shares in Kraft closed at $61.33.
News that 148 passengers and crew were feared died following the crash of a Germanwings flight in a remote area of Southern France sent shares in Lufthansa (Ticker: LHA) down by about 3%. Germanwings is the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, and shares in other budget carriers fell in sympathy.
With stories and analysis pointing to fewer and fewer physical places to store crude oil coupled at the hip with an ever-strengthening dollar, it’s hard to get optimistic on the outlook for energy prices.