Web Desk: London reports that oil prices rose today with news about Covid-19 vaccines lifted investor hopes for a recovery in fuel demand and outweighed concerns sparked by figures indicating US oil inventories jumped last week.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude climbed $0.22, or 0.5%, to $45.82.
The due USA Brent rose approximate of $0.27, or 0.6%, to $49.11 a barrel by 1218 GMT. The American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday that US crude oil, gasoline and distillate stocks rose sharply last week, with crude stocks jumping by 1.14 million barrels against analyst forecasts for a draw of 1.42 million barrels.
Official weekly oil data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) presently is due later on USA time today.
COVID Vaccine And The Crude Oil
The trends of trade market are at the moment sublime connected to the arrival and usage of the COVID-19 Vaccine:
“Although vaccine rollouts have already begun in some countries, their impact will not be felt for a while yet,” Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM said.
Britain began mass vaccinations on Tuesday. Expectations that others will soon follow helped offset fears about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases globally that has led to new restrictions on movements around the world.
The vaccine news helped offset some fears from a sharp rise in coronavirus cases globally that has led to a string of renewed lockdowns, including strict measures in California, Germany and South Korea.
“The worsening Covid situation, in particular in Europe, is weighing on prices,” research firm JBC Energy said.
Hedge fund managers were substantial buyers of petroleum futures and options last week for a fourth week in a row, a sign of increasing confidence that coronavirus vaccines will drive a recovery in oil consumption next year.
On the supply front, the EIA said US crude oil production was expected to slide next year by 240,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 11.10 million per barrel.