Venezuelan oil basket falls to USD 95.64
The Venezuelan oil basket averages USD 109.65 to date
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
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.