Oil Prices Fall on U.S. Stimulus Impasse, Rising U.S. Crude Stockpiles | Investing News

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump dashed hopes for a fourth stimulus package to boost the coronavirus-hit economy and on a larger-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude

oil futures declined 42 cents, or 1%, to $40.25 a barrel by 0648 GMT while Brent crude

futures fell 30 cents, or 0.7%, to $42.35 a barrel.

“Crude prices got hammered with one-two punch after President Trump sent all risky assets into freefall after ending negotiations on fiscal stimulus and after US crude stockpiles posted their first build in four weeks,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

President Trump, still being treated for COVID-19, ended talks on Tuesday with Democrats on an economic aid package for the United States, the world’s biggest oil consumer, with the U.S. presidential election only weeks away.

“President Trump’s decision to end fiscal

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If rental assistance isn’t in the next stimulus, there will be bankruptcies, foreclosures | Opinion

By David Brogan

Regardless of your political persuasion, the stalemate between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can make anyone cringe. This is especially true if you are one of the 40 million renters in this country, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet, and who desperately need rental assistance. I’m not quite sure if congressional leadership refuses to recognize the exponential benefits of rental assistance or if they just don’t have the ability to see how beneficial rental assistance would be to our quality of life, our economy and our local and state governments, but it’s time to wake up.

I say to Congress, “Rental assistance, WTF!?” WTF stands for “Where’s The Funding?”

The trillions of dollars in stimulus aid since the beginning of this pandemic has helped people on unemployment, it has helped hospitals, and it has helped small and

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