BEIJING— The price of oil edged down Monday but stayed above $104 per barrel as investors watched simmering tensions in Ukraine. U.S. crude for May delivery was down 12 cents at $104.18 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange after trading resumed following a three-day holiday weekend.» Read More
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The Dow fell by triple digits on Tuesday as worries about further losses stemming from the mortgage crisis moved back into the spotlight.
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Oil fell to $113 a barrel on Tuesday after government data showed the steepest decline in U.S. crude demand in 26 years, adding to mounting concerns about global consumption.
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The rapid slide in commodities prices is fueling the runup in stocks. But market pros think the switch might be short-lived.
Now that inflation is no longer haunting the markets, the future earnings of high-growth stocks have become much more attractive.
Commodities and inflation remain the main story, and while stocks are well off their July lows, the advance remains tentative due to concerns about a slower global economy.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered a halt to military operations in Georgia on Tuesday, after five days of fighting and just before French President Nicolas Sarkozy was to hold peace talks in Moscow.
Not every company with natural-gas exposure is vulnerable to declining commodity prices.
With commodity prices coming down, many parts of the market can start their return ascent.
The Dow made gains on Monday with investors believing the current down trend in oil improves prospects for consumer and business spending.
Stocks are likely to follow the dollar, commodities trade again Tuesday, with little economic news to drive direction early.
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Stocks finished with modest gains as oil dropped modestly, continuing their almost-perfect inverse relationship on a day that also saw the further resurgence of the dollar and solid gains in technology.
Oil inflicts heavy economic pain on the way up, but a slower and smaller benefit on the way down.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) support offshore oil drilling, according to a new Rasmussen poll. And 42 percent say offshore oil drilling would have the biggest impact in terms of reducing oil prices. Only 20 percent of Americans now oppose offshore drilling.
The Russian rouble and share indexes rebounded on Monday from a severe drop earlier in the day, boosted by President Dmitry Medvedev's statement the military conflict with Georgia might be nearing its end.
Stock index futures pointed to a lower start for the week on Wall Street as oil prices climbed on fears of the affects on energy markets of the war between Russia and Georgia over the South Ossetia region.
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