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Market Movement Markets strip war premium from prices prior to attackTraders began stripping the war premium from energy futures prices days before US bombs and missiles slammed a "target of opportunity" of "Iraqi leadership" in the predawn hours of Mar. 20 in Baghdad. The April contract for benchmark US light, sweet crudes lost $7.95 during five consecutive trading sessions on the New York Mercantile Exchange to $29.88/bbl on Mar. 19, based on traders' optimistic assumptions that a war with Iraq would be short, successful, and leave world oil supplies relatively undisturbed. Oil futures prices continued a steep decline in overnight trade Mar. 20 in Asian markets, despite a warning f...

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