August crude oil prices traded lower throughout the overnight and early morning hours but were able to turn positive heading into the US opening. It is possible that reports that G-20 leaders were boosting IMF's funding, along with hopes that further stimulus could come from a two day FOMC meeting and potential interest rate cut by the ECB has offered a modest lift to crude oil. August Brent crude oil registered a new 17 month low this morning, and it too has been able to climb back into positive territory. It is also possible that slow progress in talks between world powers over Iran's nuclear program in Moscow have presented a measure of support to the crude oil market. Negotiations over easing sanctions on Iran made little progress yesterday and seemed to come with tough language.
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