Oil flat as European industrial production falls
APBANGKOK -- Oil prices were nearly unchanged Tuesday after industrial production shrank in the 17 countries that use the euro, raising concerns of a prolonged recession in the region.
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Benchmark crude for February delivery was up 3 U.S. cents to US$94.17 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 58 U.S. cents to finish at US$94.15 per barrel in New York on Tuesday.
Industrial output across the eurozone fell in November for the third straight month, the European Union statistics office said Monday. The worse-than-expected 0.3-percent monthly decline was felt across the whole economy and sparked worries that it was a sign the current recession might linger.
“The weaker than expected European industrial production ... has seen Brent and U.S. crude prices remain under pressure,” Michael Hewson, senior market analyst at CMC Markets, said in a market commentary.
Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 27 U.S. cents to US$111.22 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.