Why the U.S. Gets the Most Out of Cheap Oil

The crude-price slide hasn't done as much for Europe, Japan or anyplace else.

Pouring it on.

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Cheap oil should be good economic medicine for almost anybody who isn't trying to sell the stuff. Yet only one country has been able to take full advantage of the 14-month collapse in the price of crude: the U.S.

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