New York-- Crude oil prices fell more than $1 Monday to less than $89 a barrel, following a tumble in Asian markets and investors' worries over a possible U.S. recession.
Crude oil was down $1.65 by midmorning, at $88.92, having peaked on Friday at more than $91 a barrel.
Natural gas was also down, $0.089, to $7.904 per million British thermal units and heating was down $0.0319, reaching $2.4755 a gallon.
With the New York Mercantile Exchange open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, how market worries pan out remained to be seen. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. President George Bush's economic stimulation proposal, "fell somewhat flat," in Asian markets, market analyst Patrick Bennett said.
AAA reported that gasoline prices at the pump fell slightly today, down $3.033 from Sunday's average of $3.044 for a gallon of unleaded.
New York -- Crude oil prices fell for a second straight day Wednesday after a government report showed crude inventories in the United States rose more than expected.
The price for crude oil fell $1.79 to $90.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday inventories rose for the first time in nine weeks, up by 4.3 million barrels to 287.1 million barrels for the week ending Jan. 11.
"If there were any bears still left in hibernation this report should bring them out," James Williams, an economist at energy research firm WTRG Economics, told MarketWatch. "For a week the petroleum market has been trading down on fear of a recession. This report adds to that."
Also on the exchange, natural gas lost 5.5 cents to $8.141 per million British thermal units. Gasoline fell 5.48 cents to $2.2544 a gallon while heating oil slipped 4.94 cents to $2.4978 a gallon.
Washington -- Crude oil inventories in the United States rose by 4.3 million barrels for the week ending Jan. 11, a government agency said.
At 287.1 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories were in the lower half of the average range for this time of year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in a news release.
Motor gasoline inventories increased by 2.2 million barrels during the latest reporting period, and are near the upper limit of the average range. Both finished gasoline inventories and gasoline blending component inventories were higher last week.
Distillate fuel inventories increased by 1.1 million barrels, the EIA reported. Propane and propylene inventories fell by 2.5 million barrels.
Total commercial petroleum stockpiles grew by 3.6 million barrels, the agency said.
New York, D.C. -- Crude oil prices fell Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, on fears of an economy heading for a recession and expectations of high oil inventories.
Crude oil tumbled $3.21 to $90.99 a barrel, the lowest level in more than three weeks.
Oil is falling because of "recession worries," Zachary Oxman, senior trader at Wisdom Financial, told MarketWatch. "When any sort of economic concerns come out, the fear is that U.S. consumers are going to demand less oil."
The U.S. Energy Information Administration will report last week's U.S. crude inventories Wednesday and analysts said they expect the stockpile to increase, rather than decrease as it has for more than two months.
Gasoline fell 8.26 cents to $2.2902 a gallon and February heating oil dipped 5.99 cents to $2.5293 a gallon. Natural gas fell by 26.3 cents to $8.09 per million British thermal units.
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