1. Oil prices rise in thin Asian trade after break

Oil prices rise in thin Asian trade after break

Oil prices rose in early Asian trading on Monday after a three-day break, but volumes were tiny as a number of markets remain on holiday for Easter.

By: | Tokyo | Updated: March 28, 2016 8:23 AM
Oil prices have risen about 50 percent from multi-year lows hit in January on glut worries. (AP) Oil prices have risen about 50 percent from multi-year lows hit in January on glut worries. (AP)

Oil prices rose in early Asian trading on Monday after a three-day break, but volumes were tiny as a number of markets remain on holiday for Easter.

US crude’s front-month contract was up 37 cents at 39.83 a barrel at 0055 GMT.

On Thursday, it settled down 33 cents at $39.46 a barrel, recovering from a session low of $38.33. For the week, it rose 2 cents, finishing up for a sixth straight week.

Brent’s front-month rose 24 cents to $40.68 a barrel.

It fell 3 cents to $40.44 a barrel, after an earlier drop to $39.22, on Thursday. For the week, it fell 76 cents, or nearly 2 percent, its first decline in five weeks.

Oil prices have risen about 50 percent from multi-year lows hit in January on glut worries.

Declining US oil output and strong gasoline demand were responsible for some of that recovery, but the bulk of it was powered by major producers’ plans to freeze output at January’s highs.

Producers are due to meet on April 17 to discuss the plan.

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC member) Iraq’s oil exports have held steady so far in March, according to loading data and industry sources, halting for now the rapid supply growth from the country.

Baghdad has given verbal support to the initiative by OPEC and outside producers to freeze output to try to boost prices.

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