Commodities like oil, precious metals, and wheat are soaring after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine
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The commodity complex soared on Thursday, after Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which drove oil to $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014 and other key raw materials to all-time and multi-year highs.
Gold, nickel, palladium, and platinum were also all up sharply on Thursday.
Putin announced a "special military operation" in Ukraine in a televised speech, promising "instant" repercussions if anyone tried to take on Russia. Within minutes, multiple explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as well as the major cities Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, and Odesa.
Russia was the world's third-largest oil exporter as of 2020. The post-invasion price disruption stoked fears that US inflation, which is already at a 40-year high of 7.5%, could turn red-hot in the coming months.
"The market reaction to these developments has been seismic," Deutsche Bank's head of global fundamental credit strategy Jim Reid said. "A significant way the events in Ukraine will affect the rest of the world is regarding inflation, and even before we saw $100 a barrel oil overnight, that relentless rise in commodities showed no sign of abating."
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"Gold spiked to $1,950, its highest since the end of 2020. Bitcoin plunged 5% to $35,000," Wilson added. "[I] think we are finding out which of the two is the real haven."
Strategists added that the combination of soaring commodity prices and struggling stock markets put the Federal Reserve in an incredibly challenging position. If the US central bank hikes interest rates, it will suppress inflation but badly hit growth stocks.
"Oil is probably up $10 or $15 a barrel because of the conflict... That will probably add, if sustained, about 30 or 40 cents a gallon to unleaded," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told CNBC on Tuesday. "My sense is it really complicates the Fed's efforts to rein in inflation and get back to full employment."
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