9 Apr 2011

Commodity prices rising

7:36 am on 9 April 2011

Oil prices have surged to their highest in 2.5 years on concerns about supply and a weaker US dollar.

Brent crude rose $US1.82 to $US124.49 per barrel while US crude was up $US1.29 at $US111.59 after attacks on Libyan oil fields.

Other commodity prices were also boosted by a fall in the US currency in recent weeks.

Gold rose to a new record of more $US1472.96 per ounce, while silver was $US40.28 per ounce, its highest since 1980.

The European Central Bank on Thursday raised rates by 25 basis points to 1.25%.

Higher rates are used to combat inflation, which is being driven by rising commodity prices.

Corn futures in the United States rose 1%.

Copper rose about 2% to its highest in a month