Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oil Price in Euros: Yet Another Economic Challenge for Europe

Here I used a pair of ETFs: the oil ETF USO and the euro ETF FXE to estimate the movement in the price of oil denominated in euros.

Because of the weakness in the euro and the firmness of oil prices, we see that oil has moved up about 50% since the bear lows in March of 2009. With the recent drop in the euro and rise in oil prices, we see that the price of oil in euros has been moving steadily higher thus far in 2010.

With many European economies being energy importers, not producers, such a rise in oil prices can only provide headwinds to economic growth in the eurozone.