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Oil Prices Rise on Upbeat U.S. GDP, China Caixin Data


Friday, 1 March 2019 14:21 WIB

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Oil prices rose on Friday in Asia amid strong U.S. GDP data and Chinese PMI data.

U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures was up 0.7% at $57.63 per barrel by 1:34 AM ET (06:34 GMT). International Brent Oil Futures also gained 0.9% to $66.89 per barrel.

The gains came on the back of U.S. gross domestic product data which showed a seasonally-adjusted annual growth of 2.6% in the fourth quarter, as traders hoped faster growth might make for a pickup in oil demand.

On Wednesday, WTI jumped 2.6% after the latest weekly energy data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed a slump in domestic crude inventories that validated OPEC's production cuts. The producer group's defiance of U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to make it ease up on production cuts also boosted the market.

Crude prices rose as much as 8% in February, extending their gains from January's rally.

On Friday, prices were also supported by the better-than-expected Chinese Caixin PMI data.

The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 49.9 for February, higher than the expected 48.5 and last month's 48.3.

Source : Investing.com


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