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Oil prices spiked Friday as continued tensions in the Middle East and concerns of renewed violence in Nigeria pushed the price for a barrel of oil to a record near $147.By midday in Europe, light, sweet crude for August delivery jumped $5.25 to $146.90 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Oil prices had fallen $10 over two days to start the week and as oil rebounded Friday, Dow Jones industrial average futures fell more than 120 points.In London, August Brent crude soared $4.92 to $146.95 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange after hitting a record $147.25.
Oil prices surged past $143 a barrel for the first time ever Monday, June 30, 2008, and the price for a gallon of gas hit an all-time high in the United States.Supply concerns and a fragile global economy continue to drive the price of oil to new highs, as well as continued tensions in the Middle East.
Oil reached $140 a barrel for the first time ever Thursday following reports that Libya may cut production and an OPEC official said crude could hit $170 a barrel this summer.
Meanwhile, the dollar's decline against the euro added further upward price pressure."I think this is just a combination of all those" factors, said Mark Waggoner, president of Excel Futures in California.
ROME, Italy. OPEC's secretary-general said Tuesday there are plans to boost oil production target capacity by 5 million barrels a day by 2012.OPEC blames a weak dollar and speculators for soaring prices of oil, which are hitting economies worldwide.
as scattered pipeline interruptions and a weak dollar pressured a tight global market. Oil prices have risen more than 18 percent since the beginning of the year.
The immediate driver behind higher oil prices has been a string of interruptions in pipeline operations in Nigeria and the Caspian region, as well as a shutdown of Mexican exporter terminals in the Gulf Coast because of bad weather. While small, these interruptions underlined how reactive the market is to the slightest disruption in supplies.
Oil prices rebounded to another record high Wednesday afternoon March 12, 2008 after initially plummeting when the US government report said supplies of crude and gasoline had risen much more than expected.In afternoon trading, U.S. light crude for April delivery surged to a high of $110.20 before closing at $109.92. Oil had traded as low as at $107.09 following the report's release on Wednesday morning.
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Oil prices topped $109 a barrel for the first time Tuesday as investors sought refuge from the anemic dollar.Oil's growing strength comes amid warnings that there are no signs of relief on the immediate horizon.
Oil prices neared $106 a barrel Wednesday for the first time ever after a government report showed a surprise dip in crude supplies and OPEC announced its decision to not increase production.
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