The economy just posted its best six-month stretch in 11 years, the labor market is on a record streak of job creation and gas prices are falling.
The two main drivers of the price of oil have been an increase of production in the U.S. with the use of shale oil technology, and a lower demand for energy as global growth slows.
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U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes closing at all-time highs, amid optimism the economy is showing sufficient strength to weather a slowdown overseas.
Japan upset the apple cart on many prognosticators, with the Bank of Japan unleashing another massive monetary stimulus wave and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a snap election, likely in December, to shore up his political support.