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Why commodity prices are down in US but up in Europe

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High rates also decrease firms' desire to carry inventories. Think of oil held in tanks.

OIL prices plummeted 43 per cent during the course of 2014 - good news for oil-importing countries, but bad news for Russia, Nigeria, Venezuela and other oil exporters. Some attribute the price drop to the US shale-energy boom. Others cite Opec's (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting

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