Oil prices climbed in Asian trade today as upbeat manufacturing data from around the world fuelled hopes of firmer global demand, analysts said.
New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in October, rose 15 cents to $105.18 in mid-morning trade and Brent North Sea crude for October delivery added 41 cents to $110.31.
Investors were cheered by figures pointing to a pick-up in the global economy.
A preliminary purchasing managers index (PMI) of manufacturing activity in the euro zone had yesterday hit a 26-month high, while a reading in the United States also showed improvement. Earlier in the day, HSBC had said its PMI for China had also shown growth for the first time in four months.
“After a slew of bad data that plagued the (Chinese) economy over the last two months, the latest release came as a positive surprise as global emerging markets battle an ongoing threat of stimulus withdrawal in the US,” Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, said in a note.
Chua added that the euro zone data underscored “a nascent recovery” in the 17-nation bloc.
According to data, the euro zone economy grew 0.3 per cent in the April-June quarter compared with the previous three months, breaking a record 18-month recession.
Dealers are also closely monitoring an oil supply problem in Libya, analysts said, after Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) had yesterday announced a resumption of exports from the Brega terminal in the east.