According to MICHAEL J. MARTINEZ who is the
AP Business Writer:
“Surging oil prices prompted new worries about the economy and sent stocks lower Wednesday as investors locked in profits from the market’s recent rally. The concerns over oil overshadowed a strong report on manufacturing orders.”
Crude futures rose sharply after the government reported a 1.6 million barrel drop in its oil inventories. The news created concerns about supply on oil prices. Especially as the summer driving season begins. After rising as high as $51.60 a barrel during the session, crude futures settled at $50.98 a barrel, up $1.31, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.