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Crude prices test $60/bbl floorThe October contract for benchmark US light, sweet crudes fell $2.14 to $61.66/bbl Sept. 19, the lowest closing since Mar. 21 and the largest 1-day price drop since May 15 for a front-month contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The fall followed a speech to the United Nations in which US President George W. Bush appeared to back away from trade sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment program. However, Kevin Book at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc. (FBR), Arlington, Va., cautioned against “relying exclusively on the public words of a national leader trying to curry favor with a room full of diplomats; we saw a much stronger tone [...

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