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Crude Falls Below $30 a Barrel for the First Time in 12 Years

  • WTI oil touches $29.93 a barrel, lowest since December 2003
  • Brent declines as much as 3.8 percent to $30.34 in London
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Oil Market in State of Mass Disequilibrium: Norrish

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Oil dropped below $30 a barrel in New York for the first time in 12 years on concern that turmoil in China’s markets will curb fuel demand.

West Texas Intermediate crude tumbled to the lowest since December 2003. Concerns that China’s economic growth may slow has soured investors on the prospects for a quick recovery, turning hedge funds the least bullish in five years. A rapid appreciation of the U.S. dollar may send Brent oil to as low as $20 a barrel, Morgan Stanley said.