Losses for oil accelerate on Nymex, with prices below $50/bbl

Posted April 21, 2017 11:21 am by Comments

Oil prices fell sharply Friday, steepening earlier losses to dip below $50 a barrel for the first time this month. U.S. equities turned broadly lower “on France election uncertainty and oil, being in a weak technical position, followed along,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group. Buyers are also cautious ahead of Baker Hughes data due later in the session on the U.S. oil-rig count, he said. June WTI crude dropped $1.13, or 2.3%, to $49.59 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract hasn’t settled below $50 since late March, FactSet data show.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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