EconSource: US Signals it Might Back Egypt Bailout
US Treasury Secretary Lew indicated that Washington will go ahead with international emergency loans for Egypt if Cairo pushes further to repair the country’s economy. The United States has long viewed Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, as a linchpin for regional stability. Bailout talks between Egypt and the International Monetary Fund have been stalled for years since reliable economic recovery plans were lacking in Egypt.

[Wall Street Journal]

Libya requires $185 crude oil to balance its budget

A new Goldman Sachs report suggests that, in order to break even on its budget, Libya needs crude oil to cost $185/barrel. This stands well above the $80/barrel Goldman Sachs expects oil prices to stay at until 2016.  [Value Walk]

IMF cuts Egypt’s growth forecast citing concerns on tourism revenues
The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for Egypt citing the rising security concern’s effect on the country’s vital tourism revenues. The economy is expected to grow 3.5 percent in the fiscal year starting July 2014. This contrasts with the 4.1 percent predicted last April. [Ahram Online]

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