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Oil Is Below $50 A Barrel — And It’s Still Falling

Oil is still falling this morning, after WTI crude went below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 yesterday.

At 11 am GMT (6 am ET), Brent was trading at $51.71 a barrel, down 2.57%. Previously, it went as low as $51.28, and that’s another five and a half-year low.

WTI crude was being sold at $48.90 per barrel, down another 2.29% from its previous price. Crude oil’s per barrel price is down by practically $10 in the last two weeks, following December’s falls. Here’s how that looks in context:

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Here is the chart for Brent today, the international benchmark for oil markets:

Brent 2015 01 06 at 10.58.22 AMInvesting.com

And this is West Texas Intermediate Crude:

Crude WTI 2015 01 06 at 10.58.08 AMInvesting.com

“Falls in oil prices are going beyond many people’s expectations. This will put pressure on the earning of US energy firms,” said Hirokazu Kabeya, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities, told Reuters.