Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greek Debt Worries;Oil Optimism

The Greek finance minister expressed doubts about being to repay its big loans,although it can manage its public sector expenses.We will definitely have problems in making debt payments,said Yanis Varoufakis to Alpha Radio.Greece has an IMF loan of 1.6 billion euros comig due in March;i also has 7.5 billion of ECB bonds coming to maturity in July and August.
This skepticism comes after Greece got a four-month bailout extension from the EU on Tuesday.Any major Greek credit problems could roil world financial markets.*
In the port of Jizan,Saudi Arabia,Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi voiced optimism to reporters.The oil markets are calm now,and demand is growing,according to Mr.al-Naimi.
As well,China's manufacturing sector is growing,according to the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers Index.China is the world's second-largest energy consumer after the US.
The cheery news caused Brent crude to soar 5% to 61.63 per barrel;while Cushing crude went up 1.71 to 50.99.*
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