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Crude Prices at Lowest Mark Since November

The price of oil tumbled below $90 on Wednesday for the first time in nearly seven months as U.S. supplies continue to grow.

The Associated Press reported that benchmark U.S. crude fell $2.14, or 2.3%, to $89.71 per barrel. The price hadn’t been below $90 per barrel since Nov. 1.

The government said U.S. oil supplies grew last week by 900,000 barrels and hit the highest level since 1990. Analysts expected supplies to grow by 750,000 barrels.

The price of oil and other commodities tend to fall as more supplies become available.

Concern about the strength of the global economy, particularly Europe, also contributed to Wednesday’s decline and is a large reason that oil has plunged nearly 15% in May. Analysts are predicting the European economy will continue to slow. Meanwhile, China’s government is mulling steps to reverse a slowdown in the Chinese economy. In the U.S., the pace of hiring has tailed off.

Tensions with Iran drove up oil prices earlier this year as traders prepared for a disruption to supplies from OPEC’s second-largest producer. Now, analysts say Iran may be allowed to keep exporting oil this year as it negotiates with the West and allays concerns about its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has been delivering more oil to world markets.

Pump prices in the U.S. have followed oil lower. Retail U.S. gasoline prices were flat at $3.678 per gallon on Wednesday, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded has dropped by 25.8 cents since peaking in the first week of April. Gasoline is 16.5 cents per gallon cheaper than it was the same time last year.

Brent crude, which helps set the price of oil imported into the U.S., dropped to a new low for the year. It lost $2.64 to $105.77 per barrel in London.

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#1 Comment By Joe McCleery On May 25, 2012 @ 11:01 am

WOW we think this is good news but did you know that the equivalent price per barrel of Natural Gas is only $8 per barrel. Another price to ponder. If you had vehicle that runs on Natural Gas and drove at least 50,000 miles per year, get this…the amount that you would “save” from NOT buying gasoline and instead buying natural gas you’d be able to buy a new car every 8 yrs. I’ll repeat that… THE amount of money you’ll save based on $4/gallon and 20 mpg, which would calculate to (50,000 miles X 8 yrs = 400,000 miles divided by 20 mpg = 20,000 gallons X $4/gallon = $80,000 VERSUS 20,000 gallons X $1.49/ gallon equivalent {GGE} = $29,800 making the difference $50,200 in SAVINGS ALONE) thats if you drive a lot….1000 miles per week. I drive that much every two days as a commercial driver. I could save that much every 2 yrs. So lets say you drive just 15,000 miles per year X 8 yrs = 120,000 miles divided by 20mpg = 6000 gallons X $4/gallon gasoline = $24,000 VERSUS 6000 gallons X $1.49 GGE Natural gas = $8940 for savings of $15,060 O.K. THAT IS A REAL WORLD SCENARIO THERE. YOU CAN SEE REAL WORLD SAVINGS OF 15 GRAND JUST BY “NOT” SENDING YOUR MONEY OVERSEAS TO THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT WHAT DO YOU SAY? YOU SAY…I CAN’T BE BOTHERED