Crude futures fell Friday in tandem with a slumping euro as Standard & Poor's prepared to downgrade France's credit rating, adding new fears about Europe's economy.
The ratings service notified the French government and other European governments that it will lower their debt ratings, according to reports Friday, sending the euro to 16 month lows against the dollar and taking the wind out of riskier assets such as oil, stocks and other commodities.
The news of imminent downgrades renewed worries about a potential stumbling block for the global economy, and oil demand. Traders quickly switched gears to focus on Europe's credit crisis after a sell-off Thursday was sparked by potential delays to the E.U. embargo on Iranian oil.....Read the entire Rigzone article.