On Friday, we found out that the Eurozone’s painfully slow economic recovery continued for another quarter. Surprisingly, the growth was fuelled by better performances from some of the peripheries, although France did well, too, as it expanded 0.3% over the quarter.
West Texas Intermediate crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time since June 2012 amid speculation rising U.S. supplies are exacerbating a global glut. Brent fell to the lowest level in almost four years.
Oil ministers from Kuwait and Algeria dismissed possible production cuts as crude’s slump to a four-year low prompted Venezuela to call for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.