Oil jumps from 12-year low as China volatility dominates markets

Oil was swept along by volatility in Chinese markets, rallying from a 12-year low as the country sought to quell losses in its equities and stabilize its currency. Futures rose as much as 3.2 percent in New York after China suspended a controversial equity circuit breaker system and its central bank set the yuan’s reference rate little changed after an eight-day stretch of weaker fixings. Crude slid Thursday to the lowest since December 2003 as market turbulence reverberated across the globe amid concern over economic growth in the world’s biggest energy consumer.

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US gas bulls say too much bad news can be a good thing

Natural gas bulls are herding together. Eight of 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg said they’re bullish about prices heading into next week. Contracts have rebounded 2.7 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange since reaching a three-year low on Oct. 1. Futures may have fallen about 20 cents in the last month, weighed down by a glut of domestic shale supplies and forecasts for a mild winter that could curb demand for the heating fuel. But traders and analysts say that’s old news.