Oil rises above US$107 per barrel
APBANGKOK -- The price of oil rose Tuesday as traders waited for more economic news from the U.S.
August 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Benchmark crude for September delivery was up US$1 to US$107.11 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 14 cents to close at US$106.11 on Monday.
The Fed launched a major bond-buying program more than four years ago to help the U.S. economy weather the fallout from the global financial crisis. Recent data have shown that the economy is strengthening, raising expectations that the Fed could start tapering off its purchases as early as September. The central bank's next policy meeting is set for Sept. 17-18.
The Fed's strategy, which has depressed returns on bonds, has made stocks and commodities more attractive to investors. If the program is drawn down, that could cause a bit of weakness in energy commodities, Shamu said.
“But it's always positive to see the U.S. economy is ticking along,” he said.
Brent crude, traded on the ICE Futures exchange in London, rose 90 cents to US$109.87 a barrel.
In other energy futures trading on Nymex:
— Heating oil rose 2.9 cent to US$3.049 a gallon.
— Wholesale gasoline rose 2.4 cent to US$2.928 a gallon.
— Natural gas rose 2.2 cents to US$3.332 per 1,000 cubic feet.