Oil futures declined on Friday, posting a loss for the week, following news of China’s plan for retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. President Donald Trump took to social media, tweeting that the U.S. is “better off without” China. The tweets further exacerbated the day’s selloff, “as tit-for-tat escalation in the trade war is weighing on economic sentiment and stoking oil demand concerns,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData. October West Texas Intermediate oil
lost $1.18, or 2.1%, to settle at $54.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, prices lost about 1.2%.
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