Oil price rises to near US$109 a barrel
By Pamela Sampson, APBANGKOK--The price of oil rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept its monetary stimulus in place and U.S. oil supplies fell more than expected.
September 20, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
Benchmark oil for October delivery was up 61 cents to US$108.68 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Prices spiked Wednesday after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly maintained its stimulus for the U.S. economy and the Energy Department reported a bigger than expected drop in supplies of crude oil and gasoline. The contract climbed US$2.65, or 2.5 percent, to close at US$108.07.
Both the U.S. Energy Department and the American Petroleum Institute said supplies of crude oil fell for the week ending Sept. 13.
The Energy Department said supplies by 4.4 million barrels last week, almost three times more than analysts expected, to 355.6 million barrels. The API said supplies fell by 298,000 barrels to 359.2 million barrels.
Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, was up 29 cents to US$110.89 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
In other energy futures trading in New York:
— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.1 cent to US$2.728 per gallon.
— Natural gas rose 2.2 cents to US$3.735 per 1,000 cubic feet.
— Heating oil rose 0.9 cent to US$3.05 per gallon.