The Standard & Poor’s GSCI index of 24 commodities fell as much as 4.7 percent, the most since May 5, and was down 3.7 percent at 648.65 by 5:40 p.m. in London. Brent crude oil in London led the decline, falling 5.5 percent. The IEA will make available 60 million barrels of crude to alleviate possible shortages following the loss of Libyan oil.
The U.S. will release 30 million barrels from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as part of the IEA effort. U.S. jobless claims increased to 429,000 last week, exceeding the highest estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 47 economists.