Saturday, October 22, 2011

Crude Oil Rises On Hopes of Euro Zone Deal

Crude oil futures rose Friday amid high hopes going into a weekend summit of European leaders working to resolve the sovereign debt crisis, following equities and the euro higher.

Prices jumped as trading opened in New York and were up as much as 3% in midmorning trade before settling back. Light, sweet crude for December delivery ended the day up $1.33, or 1.6%, to $87.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude on the ICE Futures Europe exchange settled 20 cents lower, or 0.2%, to $109.56 a barrel.

Traders and analysts said the market rose on the belief that European leaders will finally put forth a comprehensive settlement to the European credit crunch that has plagued markets on and off for the last year and a half. Government and finance officials were to hold a series of meetings in Brussels this weekend; French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement saying they would put forth a plan by Wednesday......Read the entire Rigzone article.

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