Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Gasoline and heating oil fell as commodities retreated on concern that Greece’s bailout was unraveling over German demands for deeper budget cuts and that the region’s debt crisis would spread.
Commodity prices fell broadly as a plan to fix Greece’s crippling debt crisis remained far from settled, renewing concerns about global economic growth.
Gold approached $1,570 an ounce, extending a rally to a record, on bets that the dollar will extend a slump, enhancing the allure of the metal as a store of value. Silver posted for the biggest monthly gain in 28 years.
“Silver’s run is related to the rise in gold,” said Michael Cuggino, who helps manage about $12 billion at Permanent Portfolio Funds in San Francisco. “There’s a lot of speculation in silver. Anytime you’ve had a run like silver, you’re going to get a correction.”
Gold has climbed 33 percent in the past year, and silver has more than doubled.