Commodity Corner: Oil Edges Lower on Econ Woes
Light, sweet oil edged lower Tuesday on lingering concerns about the global economy.
Oil futures traded 43 cents lower at $86.02 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Concerns that the European debt crisis might worsen pushed prices and equities lower Tuesday. Traders worry that the economic plague could spread to neighboring countries.
Prices fell as low as $83.20 a barrel in intraday trading as U.S. stock indexes plummeted for a third consecutive session. They peaked at $86.50. Earlier today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 308 points but rebounded after the Greek government indicated swifter economic reforms.
Traders are waiting to take cues from President Obama and the Federal Reserve's speech later this week.
Brent crude, which is used to price many international oil varieties, gained $2.81 Tuesday to settle at $112.89 a barrel. Brent took its cues from production problems in the North Sea and a continued absence of Libyan oil in the market.
Likewise, natural gas for October delivery added 6.6 cents to settle at $3.94 per thousand cubic feet. Prices fluctuated between $3.85 and $3.95 Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that a new weather system west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands had a 90 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.
After trading between $2.77 and $2.84, front-month gasoline lost 1.7 cents to settle down at $2.82 a gallon.