Business: Another Oil Price Stunner

Trying to regain control of the cartel, Saudi Arabia posts a 33% rise

It was a $6-per-bbl. Saudi shocker, and it could not have come at a more anxious moment. Four days before the 13 member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were to sit down in Caracas for their fourth price-raising session in a year, the cartel's biggest producer took preventive action. In a surprise announcement that whipped the money markets into a frenzy and sent gold leaping to yet another alltime high of $462 per oz., the desert kingdom of the...

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