Brent oil slumped to a 13-month low and West Texas Intermediate slipped as the euro bloc’s economic recovery stalled amid signs of ample global supply.
Futures fell as much as 2.1% in London and 1.7% in New York. Euro-area gross domestic product in the three months through June was unchanged from the first quarter, according to the European Union’s statistics office. Libya will reopen its largest oil export port within days, the National Oil Corp. said. U.S. crude supplies rose 1.4 million barrels last week, government data showed Wednesday.
My main focus on the Greek crisis is how it will impact the global economy, and especially the United States, but nobody covering this issue can avoid the morality lessons. First, Greece borrowed too much. That’s bad. Second, Greece cooked its books to conceal the magnitude of its deficit spending. That, too, is bad. Third, other European countries knew that Greece was doing this, but ignored it so as not to embarrass them or weaken the European Monetary Union. That may have been the worst error of them all.
While everyone likes to hate on Cyprus, it is Italy that is the focal point of today's European "omnishambles" that has seen the EURUSD tumble to a five month low as of this writing. First it was economic data that scared investors, with Industrial Sales and Orders tumbling far below expected, posting numbers of -1.3% and -1.4%, respectively, on expectations of an increase. Retail sales were just as ugly, declining by -0.5% in January, on expectations of an unchanged print, with the December 0.2% number revised also into negative territory.
Sometimes it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between economic idiocy and self-serving bullsheet. I am a big fan of Occam's Razor which says the simplest explanation, the one with the fewest assumptions, is likely to be best.However, which explanation is simpler - stupidity or self-serving propaganda?While pondering that question, let's take a look at how the question arose. It comes from a statement made by the Chief economist at Deutsche Bank in an article written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard for the Telegraph.
Perhaps the most curious aspect of this, third, Greece ""exit crisis, is just how completely unnoticed it has gone by the capital "markets", or rather non-Greek capital markets. Which, considering the changed dynamics of the negotiations, was to be expected.
Oil declined after the biggest four-day rally since January 2009 in New York amid estimates that U.S. crude inventories advanced last week from their highest level in at least three decades.
West Texas Intermediate futures fell as much as 3.9%. Crude stockpiles probably rose by 3.25 million barrels last week, a Bloomberg News survey shows before an Energy Information Administration report. Talks resume on Wednesday to resolve the biggest U.S. oil-worker refinery strike since 1980.
A country accounting for less than 0.4% of the world economy is again rattling those responsible for three-quarters of it.
Greece topped the list of worries for Group of 20 finance chiefs as they started talks in Istanbul on Monday with calls for the nation and its creditors to strike a new aid deal amid concern its membership of the euro has never been more tenuous.
In what should have been expected, but somehow wasn't, Eurozone weakness is across the board except for Ireland bucking the trend for now.
Markit says Eurozone Composite PMI® Signals New Recession in Eurozone
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