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Bad News Sends Gas Prices Racing Downward

Just as fast as gas prices rose, they're now in retreat. Monday's AAA Fuel Report Gage puts the national average of regular at $3.703, down from $3.970 a month ago. Several factors could push gas below $3.50 over the next several weeks, and almost none of them were part of the economic landscape a quarter ago.

Financial Landscape: Banks Get No Love; OPEC Vs. OPEC

As a new week begins on Wall Street, nobody wants bank stocks, J.P. Morgan Chase hints at changes at the top, OPEC ministers tussle over crude, and airlines are in for some financial turbulence. In fact, the only good news is for France, which apparently won't lose the IMF over the DSK scandal.

The Financial Landscape: OPEC Quotas and 'Too Big to Fail'

The theme for Thursday is big players adjusting to a changing world: Citigroup is shutting down a major hedge fund it used for soon-to-be-banned proprietary trading, Goldman has been subpoenaed over its role in the subprime mortgage crisis, and OPEC is thinking that it might need to pump more oil.

Will Saudi Arabia's Gambit Drive Oil Prices Even Higher?

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said his country cut oil production in March because the market was oversupplied. Was this move an honest bid to a bid to expose the speculators and push prices back down, or an attempt to capitalize on the current instability to propel prices higher?

Five Ways the Government Could Make Oil Prices Fall

Fears over Mideast turmoil have pushed oil and gas prices sky high, which risks tipping the U.S. economy back in to a recession. But the government isn't powerless when it comes to oil prices: Here are five things that Washington and the states can do that would quickly reduce our pain at the pump.

It May Be Time to Get Used to Costly Gas Prices

And that means it may be time for owners of gas-thirsty SUVs and cars to start considering the switch so many Americans are loath to make: to a far more fuel-efficient vehicle. Looking out over the next several years, it's hard to see oil -- and gasoline -- falling back to earlier lows.

Consumer Sentiment Index Jumps to Three-Year High

The markets may have had a rough weak as U.S. GDP growth was revised down and Middle East unrest caused oil prices to rise, but the consumer sentiment index rose to its highest level since January 2008. Sentiment has risen for about six months -- an encouraging sign -- but oil prices could sour the mood.

Natural Gas: A Cure for America's Crazy Oil Addiction

Events in the Mideast have, once again, revealed the U.S. economy's vulnerability to an oil shock. Now more than ever, the nation must reduce its consumption of oil, especially from abroad, and become energy self-sufficient. And the way to do it is with our abundant domestic sources of natural gas.

Is Oil Output Peaking or Not? Either Way, Cheap Oil Is Gone

Proponents of the peak-oil theory can muster studies and statistics backing their claim that declining global oil output is nigh. Critics point to new technologies and unconventional oil fields as saviors. Either way, a return to the days of $1.50-a-gallon gasoline isn't going to happen.

Natural Gas Can Be America's Fuel of the Future

Unless there's a breakthrough in battery technology, gasoline will remain the primary auto fuel in the U.S. for years. But our dependence on imported oil comes with a major risk of supply disruption. And the U.S. has a domestic alternative that's ready and reliable: natural gas.

Oil Prices Are Likely to Drop Before They Rally Again

With an oversupply of oil on the market and OPEC afraid that higher prices will impair the U.S. recovery and sap demand, the fundamentals point to an oil price drop in the near term. Yes, markets move on emotion, and fears about unrest in Egypt have reversed that downward price trend, but the drop is probably coming.

Will the Economic Recovery Slide on $90 Oil?

Oil prices, up more than 25% since August, are testing the $90 per barrel level and appear to be headed higher -- into what the International Energy Agency calls 'a dangerous zone' for the global economy.

The East Coast's Big Blizzard Isn't Cooling Oil Prices

Oil prices kept rising this weekend as a blizzard smacked into the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and as OPEC's Arab ministers met in Cairo to discuss strategy. Their call is for production to stay at current levels, which will help keep the upward pressure on prices.

Some OPEC Members Push for $100 a Barrel Oil

Some OPEC members want oil prices to rise to $100 a barrel to offset the decline in the dollar. The value of the dollar, which has slipped 13% since June against major world currencies, means that the "real price" of oil is about $20 less than current levels, Venezuela%u2019s Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said after Thursday%u2019s OPEC meeting in Vienna.

August Trade Gap Grows Due to Oil, Chinese Imports

The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly jumped to $46.3 billion in August, as the nation%u2019s deficit with China surged to a record $28 billion -- pushing overall imports up 2.1%, while overall exports rose just 0.2%. Oil prices were the other key culprit as our petroleum deficit surged 5.7%.

OPEC to Leave Oil Output Unchanged

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will leave oil output unchanged, a delegate at the group's current meeting told Reuters. Oil ministers apparently are not worried the weak dollar will drive up the price of crude far enough that it will crimp the global economic recovery.

Oil Pushes Above $83

Crude oil prices moved above $83 Monday -- from just above $70 only two months ago. There are a number of causes for the increased price of crude, among them the growth in demand for oil in China.

Iraq Raises Proven Oil Reserves 24%

Iraq raised its level of proven oil reserves by 24% in the first revision since Saddam Hussein was toppled from power. The country has 143.1 billion barrels of known and extractible oil, compared with 115 billion barrels at the end of Saddam Hussein%u2019s reign, BBC News reported

U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Rises in May

May%u2019s unexpected rise in the U.S. trade deficit to $42.3 billion isn%u2019t likely to resolve the tug-of-war between the economic bulls and bears. Imports and exports both grew, but imports grew marginally faster.

Econ Note: OPEC Sees Flat Demand and No Need for More Oil Supplies

In OPEC's June report, released today, the oil cartel doesn't see global demand changing much. It's sticking with its 0.9 million barrels per day increase (1.1%) for the remainder of 2010. It notes that demand rose a "marginal" 0.4 mbd in the first quarter, so it's already trending a bit behind its yearly forecast.

In This Market, Crude Oil Is as Good as Gold

Oil demand is still soft following the recession, but prices remain high. Why? Investors' use of oil as an alternative investment and a hedge against a declining dollar are as much to blame as OPEC's manipulations.

With Oil Up 25%, the Recovery Could Falter

With crude oil prices sloshing around near $85 a barrel, a new reality may be setting in that could threaten the recoveries of the world's major economies, according to the International Energy Agency. Crude oil futures hit 18-month highs in April as expectations rose for stronger demand.