Crude oil prices mixed in Asian trade

PTI Singapore | Updated on March 12, 2018

US oil prices remained above $100 a barrel in Asian trade today on stronger demand, but trading was subdued ahead of new Fed chief Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress.

New York’s main futures contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in March, was down five cents to USD 100.01 a barrel in mid-morning trade, but was see-sawing in volatile trade.

WTI closed above USD 100 yesterday, bolstered by falling US inventories which indicate bigger demand.

Brent North Sea crude for March delivery was up two cents to USD 108.65.

Analysts said investors were waiting for the testimony in Congress this week by Yellen, who took over from en Bernanke as chair of the US central bank.

Yellen will brief legislators on the state of the US economy and the direction of monetary policy.

Yellen’s first hearing will be today in the House of Representatives, with attention on how she might view a second consecutive weak monthly jobs report released Friday, and how that might affect the Fed’s drawdown of its stimulus operation.

“No one is expecting any surprises from her prepared text,” said DBS Bank in a research note.

“Yellen is unlikely to deviate from the well telegraphed views of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee), in particular, a more optimistic US economic outlook this year and the ‘steady and measured’ pace of ending asset purchases by December.”

Published on February 11, 2014

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