Brent crude oil prices for December delivery fell 3% to $82.19 a barrel on London's ICE exchange. Brent last hit this price in October 2010, according to MarketWatch.
Saudi Arabia chose Tuesday to change oil prices sold to U.S. and Asian buyers due to weak forecast for European growth. The Middle Eastern nation reduced prices for the U.S. and increased prices for large buyers such as China. Saudi Arabia is trying to stay competitive amid slumping oil prices, and the move further drove prices down Tuesday.
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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD (PWE) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."