There is more toast

Russia suspends trading with stocks down 17 percent.  There is a financial crisis and much of it is energy-related:

“The fundamental issue is oil. Russian oil companies are not producing more so their earnings are dependent on a rising oil price,” said Daniel Salter, analyst at ING. If the oil price falls, then earnings downgrades are in the pipeline for these stocks, he added.

State-backed bank VTB tumbled 33 per cent to Rbs0.03 and Volga Telecom sank 28 per cent to Rbs37.

Here is a recipe for Russian toast.  The price of oil was down to $91 a barrel last I looked.


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