Breaking News: Oil Makes Record Single Day Jump in Price

The price of oil shot up nearly $11 to close at $138.54 a barrel on Friday.

The sharp increase came as U.S. stocks plunged on news of a four-year high in unemployment. The Dow Jones Index fell 394 points.

Ole Slorer, an analyst for Morgan Stanley, reports that oil could rise to $150 a barrel by July 4th. Other analysts suggest that oil may go as high as $200 a barrel within the next 18 months.

Tensions in the Middle East have helped fuel the sharp rise, including a threat of strike by workers at Chevron’s facilities in Nigeria that would disrupt production and access to oil.

ABC News

Thomas Schueneman
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Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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