Oil Prices Rise On Reduced Us Drilling Activity, Booming Job Market


Oil Prices Rise On Reduced Us Drilling Activity, Booming Job Market

Oil markets climbed on Monday on the back of a drop in the number of US rigs drilling for more production and as the US economy continued to create jobs, which industry hopes will drive higher fuel demand.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.22 a barrel at 0102 GMT, up 18 cents, or 0.3 per cent.

Brent crude futures were at $65.70 per barrel, up 21 cents, or 0.3 per cent, from their previous close.

“A falling rig count and the strong employment data may have helped support prices,” said William O’Loughlin, investment analyst at Rivkin Securities.

The US economy added the biggest number of jobs in more than 1-1/2 years in February, with non-farm payrolls jumping by 313,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

In oil markets, US energy companies last week cut oil rigs for the first time in almost two months <RIG-OL-USA-BHI>, with drillers cutting back four rigs, to 796, Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday. Read More…

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