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Oil Futures Fall in Profit Taking

July 25, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Oil futures prices fell sharply in profit-taking on the world markets Friday, as the futures market downplayed the latest incident in the war-torn Persian Gulf.

Prices plunged by as much as 75 cents a barrel after the United States said it planned no immediate retaliation for an incident in which a mine damaged a Kuwaiti oil tanker under U.S. Navy escort in the Persian Gulf.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas intermediate--the benchmark U.S. crude for immediate delivery--plummeted by 66 cents to $20.57 a barrel. On the U.S. Gulf Coast spot market, West Texas intermediate tumbled by 75 cents to $20.75 a barrel. A barrel is equivalent to 42 gallons.

Analysts said traders cashed in on profits made in the recent crude oil rally that pushed up prices by at least $2 a barrel.

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