Thursday, August 12, 2010
Crude Falls Below $77 After U.S. Supplies Increase, Economic Outlook Dims
“The weekly jobless numbers were disastrous and sent the market lower,” said Phil Flynn, vice president of research at PFGBest in Chicago. “The oil market is facing the reality, which is that supplies exceed demand. The only thing that was supporting prices was a false sense of economic security.” Crude oil for September delivery dropped $1.46, or 1.9 percent, to $76.56 a barrel at 10:03 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures touched $76.05, the lowest level since July 28.
Brent crude oil for September settlement fell $1.52, or 2 percent, to $76.12 a barrel on the London based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. Economists forecast claims would fall to 465,000, according to the median of 42 projections in a Bloomberg News survey. The government revised the prior week’s claims figure up to 482,000 from a previously reported 479,000. The Federal Reserve on Aug. 10 held its benchmark interest rate at a record low and announced it will reinvest principal payments on mortgage holdings into long-term Treasury securities, an effort to bolster economic growth.....Read the entire article.
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