Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oil higher in Asian trade

 Updated at: 0758 PST,  Monday, August 15, 2011
Oil higher in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Monday, lifted by buoyancy in regional stock markets but analysts said the spectre of another global recession was expected to limit gains.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in September, was up 22 cents to $85.60 a barrel in morning trade. Brent North Sea crude for September advanced 27 cents to $108.30.

"Asian stocks are gaining and so oil futures are rising in parallel to that," said Victor Shum, an analyst with Purvin and Gertz energy consultancy in Singapore. "But I expect that the market will continue to be rocky and volatile because there's still concern about a potential return of the global economy to a recession," he told.

"Traders will be wary and the wariness will limit any upside in the short term for crude."

World Bank chief Robert Zoellick said in Australia on Sunday that investors had lost confidence in the economic leadership of several key countries and warned that global markets were in a "new danger zone" as a result.(AFP)


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