U.S. crude oil rises, tops $82 per barrel ahead of Fourth of July holiday


Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., April 21, 2020. 
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U.S. crude oil futures on Monday rose ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, after booking a 6% gain last month on the back of fears of a wider Middle East war and expectations of rising summer fuel demand.

Though oil prices have been steadily rising, the average price for a gallon of gasoline stands at $3.49 nationwide, down about 5 cents from last month.

Here are today’s energy prices:

  • West Texas Intermediate August contract: $82.04 per barrel, up 50 cents, or 0.61%. Year to date, U.S. oil has gained 14.5%.
  • Brent September contract: $85.58 per barrel, up 58 cents, or 0.68%. Year to date, the global benchmark is ahead by 11.1%.
  • RBOB Gasoline August contract: $2.53 per gallon, up 1.43%. Year to date, gasoline is up 20.5%.
  • Natural Gas August contract: $2.55 per thousand cubic feet, down 1.92%. Year to date, gas is ahead by 1.4%.

Oil market speculators have added long positions, betting on higher prices as tensions between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon have “proven to be a major driver of the strong price action of late,” commodity strategists with TD Securities told clients in a note on Friday.

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“However, this increase in risk premium is only likely to support prices, rather than fuel a renewed rally,” the TD strategists said.

JPMorgan, meanwhile, is forecasting a global oil liquids deficit of 1 million barrels per day, or bpd, in the third quarter and a large 1.9 million bpd drawdown in August.

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