Morning Brief: Oil slides
Top Story Chris Hondros/Getty Images The price of oil has dropped by more than $10 in the past two days, most likely due to three main factors: growing signs of a global economic slowdown, news that commercial oil inventories are rising unexpectedly, and a release of tensions between the United States and Iran. Wall Street ...
The price of oil has dropped by more than $10 in the past two days, most likely due to three main factors: growing signs of a global economic slowdown, news that commercial oil inventories are rising unexpectedly, and a release of tensions between the United States and Iran. Wall Street responded with a 2.5 percent rise, though analysts caution that any dip in oil prices could be temporary and gas prices remain high.
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