Crude oil prices mixed in Asia

PTI Singapore | Updated on November 24, 2017 Published on May 30, 2014

Oil prices were mixed in Asia today as traders took a breather after recent gains, but signs of stronger US gasoline demand and escalating tensions in Ukraine provided support.

US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in July, was down 21 cents at $103.37 a barrel after rallying 86 cents in Yew York yesterday.

Brent North Sea crude for July gained four cents to $110.01 a barrel in mid-morning trade.

The US Department of Energy’s weekly oil report had yesterday showed overall US inventories rising, but gasoline supplies falling in the week ended May 23.

US gasoline supplies

Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, told AFP that the decline in gasoline supplies suggested robust petrol demand going into the US summer driving season when Americans take to the roads for their holidays.

Traders are also tracking the escalating fighting between government troops and separatist rebels in Ukraine, a major pipeline conduit for Russia’s natural gas exports to Europe.

Ukraine crisis

In one of the biggest setbacks in Kiev’s seven-week campaign against insurgents, 12 Ukrainian troops, including an army general, were killed on Thursday when their helicopter was shot down.

The West has accused Russia of fomenting unrest in its neighbour since the ousting of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February. Moscow denies the allegation.

Investors fear a full-blown conflict in the ex-Soviet state will disrupt supplies and send energy prices soaring.

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Published on May 30, 2014
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