By Jason Simpkins Violence in Nigeria and concerns that U.S. refiners are struggling to produce enough gasoline helped crude oil prices rise again last week, moving the price of this key commodity closer to its all-time high of $78.65. And now some analysts are predicting that $80 a barrel crude oil is well within reach. […]
Gasoline prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks and are now about 23 cents a gallon below an all-time record high set in May. But crude oil prices steamed their way to a 10-month high on Monday.
By unilaterally stripping away the Venezuelan oil holdings of both Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has essentially bid adios to future investments by foreign corporations.
Investors had feared that the Nigerian Oil Strike would be a long work outage, causing overblown oil prices instead of spiking energy prices.