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Oil plunges $10 as US bailout plan voted down

NEW YORK – Oil prices tumbled more than $10 a barrel Monday, dropping back below $100 as a U.S. financial bailout failed to win legislative approval, raising fears of a prolonged economic downturn that could drastically erode global energy demand.

Light, sweet crude for November delivery sank $10.52, or 9.8 percent, to settle at $96.36 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after earlier dropping as low as $95.04.

The dramatic sell-off capped a week of frenzied volatility in oil markets.

A week earlier, prices shot up over $16 to $120.92 a barrel in the biggest one-day dollar gain ever. But as disagreements over the government’s $700 billion bailout plan intensified over the last several days, oil market traders began moving out of their positions at a rapid clip; Monday’s decline was the second largest ever in dollar terms and the biggest percentage-wise since 2001. Crude has now fallen almost $25, or 20 percent, in the last seven days.

Monday’s nosedive came as House lawmakers defeated the emergency measure, which would have absorbed billions of dollars in banks’ bad mortgage-related debt and other risky assets in a bid to steady the teetering economy. Democratic and Republican lawmakers pledged to try and work out another deal, but oil markets traders viewed the defeat as another bearish weight on oil.

“This is an acknowledgment that the global slowdown is here and energy demand is not going to be what it was,” said Phil Flynn, energy analyst at Alaron Trading Corp. in Chicago.


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