U.S. stock futures dropped Monday morning amid fears that a surge in oil prices following an attack in Saudi Arabia could slow down global economic growth.
Around 7 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a loss of more than 100 points at Monday’s open. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also lower.
That would be the first decline in nine days for the Dow, which had climbed back to within 1% from a record on Friday.
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West Texas Intermediate futures jumped more than 8% to trade at $59.49 per barrel. WTI briefly rose more than 12% overnight. The sharp move higher comes after a series of drone strikes on Saturday knocked out about half of Saudi Arabia’s daily crude production.
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, will reportedly try to restore about a third of the country’s production by Monday.
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday before the futures open the U.S. could use oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the market “well-supplied.”
Airlines JetBlue Airways and United Airlines dropped more than 2% each in the premarket while American Airlines lost 3.7%. Shares of oil refiners Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum both rose more than 1.5%. Devon Energy skyrocketed more than 14% before the bell while Marathon Oil jumped 11.3%.
Consistently higher oil prices could lead to increasing fuel prices. This would put more pressure on a global economy that is already coping with a slowing manufacturing sector and stubbornly low growth.
This “is the largest supply shock ever. The world is dependent on strategic reserves right now and you will see SPR draws,” said Bob Ryan, chief commodities and energy strategist at BCA Research, in a note. “The market could tighten significantly if the outage is indeed weeks and not days.”
Sentiment was also depressed after China’s industrial production fell to a new 17½-year low. Production rose 4.4% in August while analysts polled by Reuters expected a gain of 5.2%. The industrial-production slowdown came as China and the U.S. remain embroiled in a trade war.
Elsewhere, General Motors shares fell 2.1% after the United Auto Workers union went on strike after contract talks between the two entities broke down.
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