Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crude Oil Declines Below $90 on China Manufacturing Slowdown, European Debt

Crude oil fell below $90 a barrel for the first time in a week in New York on speculation commodity demand will falter as Chinese manufacturing slows and European leaders struggle to contain the region’s debt crisis.

Futures slid as much as 3.8 percent, after posting their biggest gain last month since May 2009, amid signs of higher production from OPEC members as Libya bolstered exports. China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index fell for the first time in three months in October, a report showed. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he will submit the European Union’s new financing deal for a national referendum.

“The list of things weighing on the market is long,” said Olivier Jakob, managing director at Petromatrix GmbH in Zug, Switzerland, who correctly predicted that this year’s oil rally would stall. “There’s the Chinese PMI, the Greek referendum taking EU leaders by surprise, the euro-dollar collapsing.”

Oil for December delivery declined as much as $3.56 to $89.63 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $90.56 as of 12:48 p.m. London time. Futures fell 0.1 percent yesterday and climbed 18 percent in October......Read the entire article.

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