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HYDROCARBONS | The oil basket shed 2.1% this week

Venezuelan oil basket falls to USD 95.64

The Venezuelan oil basket averages USD 109.65 to date

Global oil indicators were in the red this week again (File Photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Friday December 14, 2012  01:16 PM

The Venezuelan oil basket ended on Friday at USD 95.64 per barrel, 2.1% below USD 97.72 last week, the Venezuelan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining informed. The outcome is that the Venezuelan oil basket's annual average price stands at USD 106.65.

"Weekly average prices in the main oil indicators finished downwards. Economic problems in Europe and a standstill in the negotiations to avoid a fiscal crisis in the United States led to a high volume of contract sales in New York and London's markets."

In details, the OPEC's (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil basket went down to (USD 105.28); WTI averaged USD 85.99, and Brent amounted to USD 107.95.

With reporting by Ernesto J. Tovar
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