Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crude Drops Below $59 a Barrel as Demand Expectations Continue to Fall

Healthy assumptions that the International Energy Agency (IEA) will lower its forecast for oil demand in 2009, again drove crude oil prices down, as it settled at $59.33 barrel; it's lowest close since March 2007.

A number of factors, including the increasing strength of the U.S. dollar and the anemic equity markets continue to put downward pressure on energy prices.

So far the original 2008 forecast has been revised downward seven times this year, dropping usage by close to 1.3 million barrels a day.

Gasoline prices are mirroring the crude price drop, as regular gasonline across the U.S. dropped to an average of $2.22 a gallon, said the AAA.

On London's ICE Futures Europe exchange, Brent crude oil fell $3.37 for December delivery, settling at $55.71 a barrel.

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