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Reuters: Oil $$ Drops, Recession Looms

From the ever-hopeful Reuters:

Oil falls over $2, recession looms

By Joe Brock

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil fell for a third straight session Thursday, hitting a 13-month low near $71, as investors braced for a plunge in demand and economies teetered on the brink of recession.

Oil’s decline echoed global stock markets which dropped on Thursday. European stocks fell after Wall Street and Japan’s Nikkei both suffered their worst one-day losses since the stock market crash of 1987.

U.S. crude for November delivery was $2.33, or 3.1 percent, down at $72.21 a barrel at 4:50 a.m. EDT. The front-month contract has lost nearly a third in value in three weeks, the steepest such decline since it began trading in 1983.

London Brent crude fell $2.80 to $68…

Crude has fallen by more than 50 percent from its July peak above $147.

Analysts have scaled back global demand growth estimates after a slew of gloomy data that has had a bigger market impact than OPEC talk of possible production cuts and a hurricane that has disrupted Caribbean refining operations.

Joining a series of analysts in sharply chopping back forecasts, Bernstein Research cut its 2009 oil price view to $70 a barrel from $90 a barrel, while lowering its 2010 oil estimate to $80 from $95…

Notice that Reuters simply could not bear to have a positive headline about oil prices going down. It had to tack on that a recession is looming.

Which, come to thing of it, is always true — is it not?

And never mind that Reuters, along with the rest of our one party media, has insisted that we have been in a recession for several months now.

We’re really just about to be in a real recession any minute now. Just you wait.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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