Crude oil prices near one-month highs

Business | 15 Apr 2021 9:54 am

Crude oil prices were lower on Thursday though holding near one-month highs after futures jumped in the previous as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others upgraded forecasts for oil demand as major economies recover from the pandemic, Reuters reports.

Brent crude was down by 21 US cents, or 0.3 percent, at US$66.37 a barrel by 0129 GMT, after gaining by 4.6 percent on Wednesday and closing at the highest since March 17.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures dropped 25 US cents, or 0.4 percent, at US$62.9 a barrel, having risen by 4.9 percent in the previous session.

U.S. crude inventories were down by 5.9 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday, more than double analysts’ expectations for a 2.9 million-barrel decline. East Coast crude stocks hit a record low.

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