U.S. stocks are rebounding from a seven-day decline that erased $1 trillion from equity prices and coincided with a 15% drop in West Texas Intermediate crude between Dec. 5 and Dec. 16. S&P 500 energy producers tumbled 8% over the stretch.
OPEC's decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers. The 12-nation group abandoned its role as a swing producer, ignoring the steepest slump in oil prices since the global recession to keep its output target unchanged.
Gasoline in New York rallied following a reported outage at Irving Oil Corp.’s Saint John, New Brunswick, refinery, which exports about half of its production to the Northeast market. Futures have jumped 7.9 percent since Sept. 12.
European natural gas prices fell the most in more than two weeks after Ukraine agreed to allow Russian humanitarian aid across its border and talks between the two former Soviet nations brought some progress.