January 9, 1992 |
Bulging inventories and mild weather pushed oil prices Wednesday to their lowest level since Iraq invaded Kuwait, dropping below $18 a barrel. Analysts said prices may hover at that level until the next OPEC meeting Feb. 12. Light, sweet crude oil for delivery in February settled at $17.87 per barrel, down 82 cents, at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot-month oil futures have not closed that low since July 11, 1990, when the final price was $17.47 a barrel.
July 3, 1987
Oil prices gained as much as 20 cents a barrel after OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman predicted that demand for the cartel's oil would exceed its new production lid and be stronger than projected. United Arab Emirates Oil Minister Mana Said Otabia said his country, which has been violating its OPEC-assigned output quota, is "fully committed" to the new pact, the OPEC news agency reported. On the European spot market, the Emirates' Dubai Light--a major OPEC crude--climbed 10 cents a barrel to $17.
July 16, 1986
Markets were buoyed by a statement from Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, who urged producers to reach a global agreement on curbing production to stabilize oil prices at higher levels. Britain's benchmark North Sea Brent crude, which hit a record low of $8.75 per barrel Monday, was trading in the $9.30 to $9.40 range. West Texas Intermediate, the best-known U.S. crude, soared more than $1 a barrel to close at $12.11. But many U.S.
January 8, 1991 |
Oil prices jumped nearly $3 a barrel Monday as the United States and Iraq took tough stances ahead of Wednesday's face-to-face talks on the Persian Gulf crisis. The upswing halted three straight days of declines, which were fed by hopes of peace in the Persian Gulf. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Sunday that his troops were ready for "the mother of battles" to hold on to Kuwait. Washington warned him that in three days the door would be shut for negotiations to avoid war. "They (the U.S.
September 23, 1985
The member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will lower the price to foreign companies that produce oil there by $1 a barrel effective Oct. 1, according to U.S. oil industry sources. The state-owned Nigerian National Oil Corp. reportedly told three U.S. oil firms last week that the country intends to lower its so-called tax reference price on two grades to the official selling price.
November 11, 2005 |
Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel Thursday to less than $58, a nearly four-month low, as bulging U.S. crude inventories piled pressure on investors to sell. Light crude oil settled at $57.80 a barrel, down $1.13, in New York trading, marking its lowest close since July 21. Oil prices have dropped more than $13 from a late-August record above $70 as signs of weakening growth in oil demand and rising inventories in the United States have offset the effects of hurricane damage along the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1991 |
Very soon we will see a large world surplus of oil because of a steep rise in production. As in the 1970s and 1980s, this will lead, I fear, to a cycle of sharp price decreases followed by increases. No one can be expected to plan effectively under such volatile conditions. That is why a new mechanism must be established to find a middle path for stabilizing oil prices--a path that would be in the best interests of both consumer and producer.
January 3, 1991 |
Oil prices tumbled today to their lowest levels since the day after Iraq invaded Kuwait, as traders responded to more speculation of a peaceful solution to the Persian Gulf crisis. Late this morning on the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude oil for delivery in February fell as low as $24.90 per barrel. Crude had not been below $25 per barrel for next-month delivery since Aug. 3, the day after the invasion, when oil settled at $24.49 a barrel, the exchange said.
July 1, 1988 |
A buildup in crude oil inventories that is pushing the price of petroleum lower took its toll on oil company stocks Thursday, pushing them lower after industry analysts told their clients to sell. "There's a continuing buildup of inventories and the unraveling of the OPEC consensus," said oil analyst Albert Anton of Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co. Traders said three oil analysts made bearish comments about the group Thursday, sending oil issues lower.
August 23, 1985 |
The Soviet Union, the world's largest oil producer, has notified European customers that it is raising the price of its main export crude oil by 25 cents a barrel to $26.25, effective Sept. 1, industry sources said today. The move by the Soviets, who keep prices closely in line with market conditions, followed an increase of 50 cents a barrel for Urals crude in mid-August.