Boost to the global economy

Boost to the global economy

Oil that the U.S. once imported now floods world markets, driving down prices 28 percent since June. That’s helped bring $3 gasoline back to U.S. pumps and provided what Citigroup Inc. describes as a $1.1 trillion boost to the global economy. Lower energy prices will translate into savings for Americans and will probably boost spending, said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California at Davis.

“It’s not just that people will have this benefit of lower gasoline prices, they’ll have this whole benefit of having a stronger U.S. economy and more jobs,” Myers Jaffe said.

Oil prices have maintained their decline as OPEC, the supplier of 40 percent of the world’s oil, resists pressure to curb production and help eliminate a global surplus. On Nov. 3, Saudi Arabian Oil Co. cut prices for all of its crude grades to the U.S., an e-mailed statement from the company showed.

WTI for December delivery was near a three-year low at $77.46 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 9:44 a.m. New York time. Brent lost 39 cents to $82.43.

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