Oil hits $84 as US travel ban is lifted
Oil prices start to rise again as US ends travel bans
Brent crude rose 62 cents, or 0.7%, to $84.05 a barrel by 14:45 GMT, after gaining 0.8% on Monday. US oil rose 82 cents, or 1%, to $82.75, also after gaining 0.8% the previous day.
“With the reopening of the US border to vaccinated travelers, jet fuel demand must receive a … healthy boost,” said Tamas Varga of oil brokerage PVM.
The price of Brent oil has surged more than 60% this year and hit $86.70, a three-year high, on October 25, supported by supply constraints by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, and demand recovered.
At last week’s meeting, OPEC+ decided to keep the existing record rate of output cut easing unchanged and rejected US pleas for more injections – helping to keep supply tight in the short term in the view of the US. some analysts.
Despite tight global markets, US crude inventories are expected to rise for a third straight week, which could help limit further price gains.