Venezuelan oil basket falls to USD 95.86
The country's oil basket is down for the forth consecutive week. It slipped 0.5%
The average price of oil in 2012 is USD 104.24 per barrel.
The ministry explained, "Price performance of main oil baskets' was mixed this week amid geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and contradictory news on the global economy."
This week, the OPEC oil basket rebounded USD 1.04 and ended at USD 106.24 per barrel; Brent crude oil rose USD 1.65 reaching the USD 109.46 floor per barrel while the WTI suffered a USD 0.12 setback and ended at USD 85.76 per barrel.
With reporting by Ernesto J. Tovar
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.