Oil prices surged and stock markets in Asia and Europe fell on Monday, as the impact of the American killing of a powerful Iranian general on Friday ricocheted around the world.
The price of Brent oil, the international benchmark, jumped above $70 in futures trading as markets digested a steady flow of news over the weekend. It fell back below that level, to $69.92 a barrel, when markets opened in Europe, though the price was still about 5 percent higher than before the killing last week.
The sudden escalation in tensions in a region that supplies much of the world's petroleum has roiled oil markets. The West Texas Intermediate, the American oil benchmark, rose 1.6 percent to $64.04 a barrel in futures trading.
Source : Bloomberg