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Oil Drops on US Shutdown Fears

West Texas Intermediate crude fell to the lowest in almost three months on concern the U.S. government is heading for a shutdown over a budget stalemate that could reduce demand in the world’s largest oil consumer.
Futures slipped as much as 1.4 percent in New York, extending this month’s loss to 5.7 percent. The U.S. Congress has one day to end a spending gridlock that raises the risk of the first government shutdown in 17 years. Prices also fell after President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in a phone call on Sept. 27, and United Nations Security Council approval of a plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons the same day.

via Bloomberg [1]

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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