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Crude Oil Prices Rose Overnight Amid Supply Worries From Russia And Storm Impact In The United States

Oil Went Up By 2 Percent On Supply Worries in Russia; United States Storm Impact in Focus


On Friday, prices of oil went up by more than 2 percent with anticipations of a decline in Russian crude supply, which counterbalanced the stresses of a blow to United States transport fuel demand growth as an imminent Arctic storm threatens travels amid the holiday season.

Brent crude rose by 2.10 percent, or USD 1.72, to USD 82.70 per barrel at 1305 GMT, whilst U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up by 2.37 percent or USD 1.88, at USD 79.37 a barrel.

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On Friday, both of the contracts were up by more than USD 2 each barrel earlier and en route to posting their second weekly gain.

Baltic oil exports from Russia might See a considerable dip by 20 percent in December compared to the last month following the sanctions imposed by the European Union and G7 nations (an informal grouping of seven of the world's advanced economies, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union) along with a price cap on Russian crude beginning December 5, as per the traders.

The Russian oil output may be cut at the beginning of 2023 by 5 percent-7 percent as a response to price caps, according to Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister at the RIA news agency.

Edward Moya, an analyst at OANDA, stated that prices of crude are up as energy traders concentrate on the response from Moscow on the price cap put on Russian oil and not the thousands of cancelled flights that will hinder the holiday travel.

Over 4,400 United States flights were cancelled over two days as a result of the winter storm, overlapping with a holiday travel season that, according to some, might be the most active ever.

Prices of oil on both sides of the Atlantic were lower as flights were scrapped on Thursday. The snowstorm might also topsy-turvy the plans of motorists to travel during Christmas and New Year, restraining the consumption of gasoline.

But the demand for heating oil could be fuelled as the extreme weather might lead to power outages.

As the inventories of United States crude oil decline and the winter storms strike the U.S., cold temperatures are anticipated to expand towards the south to Texas, Florida, and the states in the east. The heating oil demand will soar, an analyst at CMC Markets, Leon Li, stated.

The crude stocks in the U.S. dropped by more than anticipated during the week to December 16 as imports plunged sharply.

But the soaring cases of COVID-19 in the world's second-largest oil consumer China, worries about additional hikes in rates worldwide and recession constraining fuel consumption restricted the price gains of oil.

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The biggest wildcard in the oil market is China, and expectations are still firm that the reopening will persist and ultimately will result in more demand, as per OANDA's Moya.

According to the article by Procurement Resource, the prices of crude oil grew overnight on the back of worries over supply from Russia and the impact of a storm in the United States. It was stated that prices of crude are up as energy traders concentrate on the response from Moscow on the price cap put on Russian oil and not the thousands of cancelled flights that will hinder the holiday travel. Over the storm concerns, more than 4,400 United States flights were cancelled over two days. Also, the surge in cases of COVID in the world's second-largest oil consumer China will lead to additional price hikes, and the recession will constrain the consumption of fuel, restricting oil price gains.

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