Investing.com - Crude prices rose in U.S. trading on Friday
after the U.S. said it would send weapons to Syrian opposition
forces, which fanned concerns unrest may escalate in the oil-rich
region and threaten supply.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude futures for
delivery in July traded up 1.02% at USD97.68 a barrel on Friday,
off from a session high of USD98.25 and up from an earlier session
low of USD96.43.
Reports that the U.S. will arm Syrian rebels in wake of allegations
that government forces have used chemical weapons during the
internal conflict sent oil prices gaining on Friday.
Both Syria and its ally Russia strongly denied the accusations, and
concerns that Syria's conflict may escalate eclipsed spotty data
out of the U.S.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier that the U.S.
producer price index rose 0.5% in May, beating expectations for a
0.1% rise after a 0.7% decline the previous month, which drew
applause in energy markets.
The core producer price index, which is stripped of the more
volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.1% last month, in line with
expectations, after a 0.1% gain in April.
However, the Federal Reserve reported earlier industrial production
in the U.S. came in flat in May, missing expectations for a 0.2%
rise though up from a 0.4% contraction the previous month.
Still, investors chose to focus on geopolitical concerns over soft
output and consumer sentment figures.
Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary consumer
sentiment index fell to 82.7 in June from 84.5 in May.
Analysts were expected the reading to remain unchanged at 84.5.
On the ICE Futures Exchange, Brent oil futures for August delivery
were up 0.75% at USD105.74 a barrel, up USD8.06 from its U.S.
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