Crude Oil Nears $67


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Today’s economic calendar was light, with just Industrial
Production/Capacity Utilization and the NY Empire State Index hitting the
market. Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization both rose slightly more
than expected in December


The New York Fed said that conditions for NY manufacturers
improved at a slower rate


The reports helped send Treasuries higher for the
third consecutive day, along with the US Dollar, which gained versus the Euro
and Yen. Read

Dave Floyd

John Forman’s
analysis of the US Dollar.

(Futures Pivots)
hit a 25-year high but reversed to close lower on the
session. The overbought condition, coupled with a negative divergence and overly
bullish sentiment could lead to a correction from these levels.

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The energies were very strong today, in part due to
increased violence in Nigeria where Royal Dutch Shell was forced to evacuate 330
workers. The news sent Crude Oil, Unleaded Gasoline, Heating Oil and Natural Gas
sharply higher.

March Crude Oil closed near $67, the highest level
since September.

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A second day of unrest in Ivory Coast sent Cocoa (Futures Pivots)

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Meanwhile, Coffee (Futures Pivots)
rallied after the Venezuelan government agreed to increase the official price by

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Staying in the softs, Lumber

closed limit-down, Sugar jumped to a new contract
high and Orange Juice fell sharply.

Economic News

Industrial Production up 0.6% in December; Capacity Utilization at 80.7% (report).

NY Empire State Index drops to 20.1 (report).

Ashton Dorkins