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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nymex Crude Tips Back Below $100 Per Barrel

U.S. oil futures slid back below $100 a barrel Thursday, reversing the previous day's gains, as doubts surfaced about the economy's ability to stomach high oil prices.

Light, sweet crude for December delivery settled down $3.77, or 3.7%, to $98.82 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The December contract is set to expire at the end of trading Friday. The more heavily traded January contract settled down $3.67, or 3.6%, to $98.93 a barrel.

Brent crude on the ICE Futures Europe exchange recently traded down $2.89, or 2.6%, to $108 a barrel.

Nymex futures pushed lower on a wave of selling, as traders thought twice about whether $100 crude was sustainable given the cracks in the global economy. A sinking stock market in the U.S., combined with intensifying worries about Europe's sovereign debt crisis, took the wind out of a price rally that had dominated the oil market for the last several weeks.....Read the entire Rigzonearticle.


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