Venezuelan oil basket slumps USD 97.10
The Venezuelan crude oil shed five cents
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining has reported that the Venezuelan oil basket slipped back five cents (0.05%) from USD 97.15 last week.
The Ministry posted on its Tweeter account that during the week the prices of hydrocarbons were virtually steady, as the market focused its attention on the agreement on the financial aid to Greece and the talks at the US Congress to prevent the so-called fiscal precipice.
To date, the Venezuelan oil basket averages USD 103.95 per barrel.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.