Oil prices plunge as Trump speech eases Iran fears

Oil prices plunge as Trump speech eases Iran fears
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Oil prices fell sharply today, reversing the initial panic spike caused by fears of a deeper conflict between the United States and Iran, APA reports citing CNN.

US crude tumbled 4%, hitting session lows, after President Trump signaled tensions could be easing.

"Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world," Trump said in a highly-anticipated speech.

Crude briefly dipped below $60 a barrel after Trump's remarks, giving back all of the gains from last week's US drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander.

It's a dramatic pullback from the high of $65.65 late Tuesday after Iran lobbed missiles on bases in Iraq that house US troops.

Trump confirmed that no Americans were harmed in that attack, and rather than signaling a US military response, Trump vowed to impose new sanctions on Iran.

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