Oil up as strong economic data in US lifts up market sentiment [Anadolu Agency (Turkey)]

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Oil prices increased on Friday over demand optimism after better-than-expected economic data in the US and hopes that Chinese economy will recover from the wounds of COVID pandemic.

International benchmark Brent crude traded at $87.82 per barrel at 09.56 a.m. local time (0656 GMT), a 0.40% increase from the closing price of $87.47 a barrel in the previous trading session.

The American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded at $81.34 per barrel at the same time, a 0.40% gain after the previous session closed at $81.01 a barrel.

The US economy expanded 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022, coming higher than the market estimate of 2.6%, according to the Commerce Department’s first reading released earlier.

The stronger-than-expected figure calmed fears that the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes could cause a recession in the US economy this year.

The price upticks were limited by the country’s rising crude oil inventories, which indicate falling demand.

US commercial crude oil inventories increased by 0.1% during the week ending Jan. 20, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) late Wednesday.

Inventories rose by around 500,000 barrels to 448.5 million barrels, against the market expectation of an increase of around 3.4 million barrels.

The Chinese economy, meanwhile, faced one of its worst years last year as the growth was hindered by Covid lockdowns in line with the country’s strict “Zero-Covid Policy”.

​However, hopes for a stronger demand in China were raised after the country decided to lift all pandemic restrictions.

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Source: Sibel Morrow / Anadolu Agency


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