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Oil jumped to a three-year high


January, 17 2022
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The price of Brent crude oil on Monday jumped sharply to a three-year high at $86.69 per barrel. The cost of a barrel of North American WTI oil has risen to $84.09 (the maximum since November 10, 2021).


The main support for the oil market is provided by expectations that supply will remain limited against the background of curbing production by major producers, and global demand will not suffer from a wave of infections with the Omicron coronavirus strain.


Analysts note that bullish sentiment persists, as OPEC+ does not provide sufficient supply to meet high global demand. And if investment funds increase the share of crude oil, prices may reach 2014 highs.


Experts are also confident that a summer surge in demand is inevitable ahead, especially in Europe and the United States, which may be greater than last year (if the hopes that Omicron will finally turn the Covid-19 pandemic into an epidemic are justified).


However, during the day, Brent quotes declined slightly, to the level of $85.60 per barrel, amid an increase in production in Libya. According to the National Oil Corporation of the country, the total volume of oil production has returned to the level of 1.2 million barrels per day. Recall that last week production in Libya was about 900 thousand barrels per day due to the blockade of western fields.


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