NEW YORK --Oil prices are down again as investor fret over the state of the global economic recovery and a glut in supply. The benchmark New York rate is down another 4 percent at $26.34 a barrel, its lowest level in 13 years.
Stock markets in Europe and Asia have had a big down day and there's no sign of any relief coming when Wall Street traders return to their desks. Futures markets are now predicting a 312-point, or 2 percent, reverse when the Dow opens.
Gold has hit a year-high around $1,235 an ounce as it gains support through its perceived status as a store of safe value in times of market stress.
The yen is also gaining support through its safe haven status. Earlier, the dollar fell to a 14-month low around 111 yen.