19 November 2010 10:08 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Brent crude futures gained more than $1/bbl on Friday as the US dollar continued to weaken and economic worries eased following news of a EU-led plans to tackle ?xml:namespace>
At 09:35 GMT, January Brent on
December NYMEX light sweet crude futures were trading at $82.69/bbl, up $0.84/bbl on the previous close. Earlier, the
The US dollar continued to decline against leading currencies on Friday, as the US Federal Reserve defended its quantitative easing plans following criticisms from other nations. The decline in the value of the US dollar made dollar denominated commodities such as crude more attractive to overseas investors.
The market was also buoyed by news that experts from the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are to meet in Dublin to set out rescue plans to deal with Ireland's huge debt problems.
Crude prices slumped to their lowest levels since late October earlier this week on demand concerns following government announcements of planned anti-inflationary measures in China and worries over debt levels in the eurozone.
However, the subsequent and ongoing slide in the value of the US dollar and large drawdowns in US crude and oil product inventories has since provided upward momentum for crude.
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