Crude oil surged the most in more than 2 1/2 years after falling to the lowest since 2009.
Oil futures rose 5.6 percent in New York and 4.5 percent in London. Options expiration bolstered activity, while technical indicators signaled that crude was due for a rebound. Futures have dropped the past six months, the longest stretch in six years. During this period West Texas Intermediate posted five weekly gains before resuming its slide.
“We’ve fallen so far so fast that some folks think it’s time to call a bottom,” Michael Wittner, head of oil research at Societe Generale in New York, said by phone. “It’s way premature to say the bear market is over. We’ve been stair-stepping down all along and at several stages the market has had to take a breather.”