Oil prices rose distinctly on Wednesday, with Brent crude rising above $110 a barrel, boosted by U.S. Federal Reserve plans for more monetary stimulus and a Texas refinery fire that lifted refined products futures.
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Crude-oil futures held their ground below $86 a barrel Tuesday, with traders contemplating the outcome of decisions this week from the world’s main oil producers on production and the U.S. central bank on monetary policy, as well as data on petroleum supplies.
Oil turn upward for the first time in five days as China’s net crude imports rose to a six-month high in November and German exports unexpectedly increased.
Russian equities fell for the first time in four days as crude oil, the nation’s main export earner, fell and investors sold riskier assets amid a deadlock in U.S. budget talks.
Supply concerns dogging major producers have kept both Brent crude and WTI above $100 per barrel to begin the year.
Gold may be taking off right now, but it's not the only thing in an uptrend. Energy is also moving higher. The considerable drop of investment in oil exploration and production is, however, set to bring the risk of oil prices hike in the future. In Iraq, a different picture is playing out.
Even as investors are mulling mixed signals over crude supply numbers from the Energy Information Administration, there are clear indications that the Gulf state leaders have no plans to stop pricing oil in dollars. The rumour had traders hitting the panic button.
Oil levels were nearing levels that would likely prompt an increase in supply from the OPEC. Such an action would likely cause oil prices to drop. Furthermore, evidence of a bottoming out of the recession is still a bit patchy. The latest data on industrial production for some of the larger countries continues to remain negative.
The United States government statement that U.S. employers had slashed over a half million jobs in January, the highest yet in 35 years, lead to crude oil prices dropping just below $41 a barrel, way below the high of $147 a barrel last summer. There is a link between layoffs and the demand on oil, say analysts, as those laid off see no need for the daily commute, and buy less of petroleum products like toys and raincoats.