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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crude Oil Price Rises on Hopes Fed will Boost U.S. Economy

The price of crude oil is rising on hopes that the Federal Reserve will announce new measures to stimulate the U.S. economy.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose by 79 cents to $84.06 per barrel. Brent crude, which helps set the price for oil imported into the U.S., added 4 cents to $96.09.

The Fed holds a two day meeting that ends Wednesday, and in the past it has taken action to encourage Americans to spend and borrow. Many analysts think the struggles of the U.S. economy and Europe’s debt crisis will compel the Fed to say or unveil something to try to boost confidence.

Any sign that the Fed is willing to take action could lift oil prices, which have fallen sharply during the past six weeks over fears that growth in the global economy will stall.

“The market is building on a little optimism that they’ll do something,” said Peter Donovan, an oil broker with Vantage Trading in New York.....Read the entire post.

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