Oil Rises On Ukraine Despite Chinese Weak Data

The price of oil climbed above $100 a barrel Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine outweighed a fourth month of contraction in China’s manufacturing.

Benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was up 34 cents to $100.10 a barrel at 0725 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 34 cents to settle at $99.76 on Friday.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil, gained 11 cents to $108.70 on the ICE exchange in London.

Violence flared in Ukraine on Sunday as a mob of protesters outraged by the deaths of pro-Russian activists stormed police headquarters in the Black Sea port city of Odessa, smashing doors, windows and security cameras before police freed dozens of their jailed allies.

Concerns are mounting that if the conflict spirals further it could force the U.S. and Europe to strengthen sanctions against Russia, which Ukraine accuses of fomenting unrest in its Russian-speaking eastern regions. Russia is a major supplier of natural gas and oil to Europe.

China’s factory activity contracted again last month, according to HSBC’s purchasing manager index, and the pace of the decline was more severe than a preliminary version of the report indicated. The PMI results underscore the continuing slowdown in the world’s second biggest economy, which could mean lower energy demand.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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