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Monday, July 4, 2022
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Oil rises ahead of EU meet on Russian sanctions

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Brent crude futures gained 46 cents, or 0.4%, to $119.89 a barrel, while US WTI crude futures jumped 60 cents, or 0.5%, to $115.67 a barrel

Oil prices rose to two-month highs on Monday as traders waited to see if the European Union would reach an agreement on banning Russian oil ahead of a meeting on a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Brent crude futures gained 46 cents, or 0.4%, to $119.89 a barrel at 0111 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures jumped 60 cents, or 0.5%, to $115.67 a barrel, extending solid gains from last week.

The EU is due to meet on Monday and Tuesday to discuss a sixth package of sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘special operation’ to disarm its neighbour.

I don’t think it would be a stretch to assume that speculators are positioning for a post-EU summit oil market bounce, said SPI Asset Management managing partner Stephen Innes.

Any further ban on Russian oil would tighten a crude market already strained for supply amid rising demand for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel ahead of the peak summer demand season in the United States and Europe.

EU governments failed to agree on an embargo on Russian oil on Sunday, but will continue talks on a deal to ban seaborne deliveries of Russian oil while allowing deliveries by pipeline, ahead of the summit on Monday afternoon, officials said.

If agreed, a deal would allow Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic to continue to receive their Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline for some time until alternative supplies can be arranged.

Underscoring market tightness, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia, together called OPEC+, are set to rebuff Western calls to speed up their oil output additions when they meet on Thursday. They will stick to their plan to add 432,000 barrels per day in July, six OPEC+ sources told Reuters.

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