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Crude oil fell, heading for the longest run of weekly losses in more than 13 years, on concern that an economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe will worsen and curb fuel demand.
Crude dropped as much as 3.3 percent after German exports decreased for the first time this year as Europe’s debt crisis and weaker global growth reduced consumption. Federal Reserve officials need to assess the risk from Europe and U.S. budget cuts before deciding on stimulus measures, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said yesterday.
“Germany is the lynchpin of the whole euro zone, and if they are slowing, that’s going to add more negative news to the markets,” said Rich Ilczyszyn, chief market strategist and founder of Iitrader.com in Chicago. “It’s basically a letdown after Bernanke’s comments yesterday. There is no growth right now, no oil demand”.....Read the entire Bloomberg article.
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