Global markets just spiked because of a tweet

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Stocks are getting crushed.

Near 2:30 p.m. ET the Dow was down more than 400 points and oil broke to a new 12-year low around $26.07 a barrel.

And then: BOOM!

Near 2:50 p.m. ET the Dow was down just 220, the S&P 500 was off 18 points, and the Nasdaq was down 13. 

And it looks like it all comes from this tweet:

Right now financial markets are all about oil prices. 

And any signs that OPEC — the 13-state oil cartel led by Saudi Arabia that has been a big part of flooding the market with oil — is going to pull back production to balance the market has the chance to make everything go nuts. 

And so here we are. 

 

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