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The Breaking Point

At what price does oil stop driving the global economic engine and, in fact, cause it to stall?

Abby Joseph Cohen writes about this phenomenon, explains Guy Adami. She points out that although crude makes big headlines it’s not as big a deal to GDP as the Street often makes it out to be. Frankly, I don’t think we’re that close to a price which will make the global economy stall.

I think the big impact is the US driving consumer, adds Tim Seymour. If we see gas at $4 a gallon, then we might start to see some resistance.

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