Oil features as Gulf tanker seizure raises tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil costs rose on Monday amid excessive tensions within the Center East after a British tanker was seized by the Iranian army on the finish of final week.

FILE PHOTO: An oil pump is seen at sundown outdoors Scheibenhard, close to Strasbourg, France, October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photograph

Brent crude futures had been up 51 cents, or 0.8%, at$62.98 a barrel by 0042 GMT. The worldwide benchmark rose to as excessive as $63.47 earlier.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures had been up 15 cents, or 0.3%, at $55.78.

WTI fell over 7% and Brent fell greater than 6% final week.

“Falling international demand and rising U.S. stockpiles have helped flip oil charts very bearish, however that will not final as tensions stay excessive within the Persian Gulf,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York, mentioned in a notice.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned that they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker within the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, ratcheting up tensions alongside an important worldwide oil transport route.

Britain was weighing its subsequent strikes on Sunday, with few good choices obvious as a recording emerged displaying that the Iranian army defied a British warship when it boarded and seized the ship three days in the past.

Prime Minister Theresa Could’s workplace mentioned she would chair a gathering of Britain’s emergency response committee on Monday morning to debate the disaster.

A senior United States administration official mentioned on Friday the U.S. will destroy any Iranian drones that fly too near its ships.

A day earlier, the U.S. mentioned one among its navy ships had “destroyed” an Iranian drone within the Strait of Hormuz after the plane threatened the vessel, however Iran mentioned it had no details about dropping a drone.

The Worldwide Power Company (IEA) doesn’t anticipate oil costs to rise considerably as a result of demand is slowing and there’s a glut in international crude markets, the Government Director Fatih Birol mentioned on Friday in public feedback.

The IEA is decreasing its 2019 oil demand development forecast to 1.1 million barrels per day from 1.2 million bpd attributable to a slowing international financial system, Birol informed Reuters in an interview a day earlier.

Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; enhancing by Richard Pullin

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