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What Was Behind the Gasoline Plunge?

Energy bulls stumbled on Wednesday with bearish sentiment so intense at one point gasoline futures had to be halted on the Nymex.

Around 12noon ET, a rapid fall in prices prompted officials to stop trading, temporarily.

Negative catalysts were rampant during the session:

- The government reported oil inventories rose 3.78 million barrels last week to 370.3 million, a two-year high.

- The government reported gasoline inventories rose 1.28 million barrels to 205.8 million, the first increase since mid-February.

- The Energy Information Administration said demand for gasoline dropped 2.4% last week suggesting higher prices at the pump had curtailed driving.

Also, the surging dollar generated a strong headwind. Because oil is nominated in US dollars a stronger greenback raises the cost of oil for foreign buyers.

Despite the string of headwinds, David Greenberg of Greenberg Capital thinks something else took down energy. Get all the details. Watch the video now!




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