Oil price rises nearly 2% on strong economic data but trade choppy
Brent crude futures LCOc1settled US$1.73, or 1.8%, at $96.65 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was at $90.76 a barrel, up $1.75, or 1.97%.新2会员网址（www.hg108.vip）实时更新发布最新最快最有效的新2网址和新2最新网址,包括新2手机网址,新2备用网址,皇冠最新网址,新2足球网址,新2网址大全。
HOUSTON: Oil prices rose nearly 2% on Monday in volatile trading, bouncing off multi-month lows touched last week, as positive economic data from China and the United States fed hopes for demand despite nagging fears of a recession.
Brent crude futures LCOc1settled US$1.73, or 1.8%, at $96.65 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was at $90.76 a barrel, up $1.75, or 1.97%.
Last week, fears that a recession could dent energy demand pushed front-month Brent prices down 13.7% to their lowest since February. It was Brent's biggest weekly drop since April 2020, and WTI lost 9.7%.
Both contracts recouped some losses on Friday after jobs growth in the United States, the world's top oil consumer, unexpectedly accelerated in July.
"Once again the macro influences have seeped back into this market especially as it relates to Friday's employment number the economics of that should be giving us much better gasoline demand than we're seeing," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.,
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On Sunday, China also surprised markets with faster-than-expected growth in exports.
China, the world's top crude importer, brought in 8.79 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in July, up from a four-year low in June, but still 9.5% less than a year earlier, customs data showed. Read full storyRead full story
In Europe, Russian crude and oil products exports continued to flow ahead of an impending embargo from the European Union that will take effect on Dec. 5. Read full storyRead full story
Last week, the Bank of England warned of a protracted recession in Britain.
In terms of U.S. production, energy firms last week cut the number of oil rigs by the most since September in the first drop in 10 weeks. RIG/U
Analysts at Goldman Sachs said they believe the case for higher oil prices remains strong, with the market in a larger deficit than they expected in recent months. - Reuters