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Oil prices fall amid worries about US economy

6:08 AM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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BANGKOK (AP) - Oil prices fell again Thursday amid worries about the U.S. economy and signs of a slowdown in demand.

Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 33 cents to $102.33 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 47 cents on Wednesday to finish at $102.66 a barrel, the lowest closing price since July 3.

Oil has fallen 7 percent since closing at a two-year high of $110.53 on Sept. 6. Since then, diplomatic efforts have averted a U.S. military strike against Syria, and tense relations between the U.S. and Iran have shown signs of a thaw. As a result, the market has removed the so-called political risk premium from oil, which some analysts put at about $5 to $6 a barrel.

But worries about the U.S. economy continued to trouble traders.

 

 

 

 

 

Associated Press

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