Brent crude rises to $59 a barrel




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LONDON – Brent crude oil rose more than four per cent towards 59 dollars a barrel on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen.

Analysts said the air strikes against Houthi rebels could stoke concerns about the security Middle East oil shipments.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

Brent futures LCOc1 were by 2.39 dollars to 58.87 dollars while the U.S. crude CLc1 was up 2.18 dollars to close at 51.39 dollars a barrel, having reached 52.48 dollars earlier in the session.

“Geopolitical risk like this has been on the back burner for a while because we’ve been focusing on global oversupply.

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“This news has not made the oversupply go away. The upside potential is limited unless something escalates.

“We need to see how this unfolds over the next couple days,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank. (Reuters/NAN)