Oil extends beneficial properties amid Center East tensions, U.S.-China commerce deal hopes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil costs climbed on Wednesday, extending sharp beneficial properties from the earlier session on rekindled hopes for a U.S.-China commerce deal and on continued tensions within the Center East after tanker assaults there final week.

Brent crude futures have been up 34 cents, or 0.6%, at $62.48 a barrel by 0028 GMT. They rose 2% on Tuesday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 44 cents, or 0.8%, to $54.34 a barrel. The U.S. benchmark surged 3.8% within the final session.

In a submit on Twitter, U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned preparations have been beginning for him to fulfill Chinese language President Xi Jinping on the G20 summit in Osaka subsequent week.

That comes after talks to succeed in a broad deal on commerce between the US and China broke down final month after Washington accused the Chinese language of backing away from beforehand agreed commitments.

Interplay between the 2 sides since then has been restricted, and Trump has threatened, repeatedly, to slap extra tariffs on Chinese language merchandise in an escalation that companies in each international locations need to keep away from.

“World demand for crude obtained a lift on expectations that commerce talks are exhibiting some constructive indicators following President Trump’s tweets,” mentioned Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York.

Tensions within the Center East after final week’s tanker assaults additionally stay excessive, with Trump saying he was ready to take army motion to cease Iran having a nuclear bomb however leaving open whether or not he would sanction the usage of drive to guard Gulf oil provides.

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the US have mounted since final Thursday’s oil tanker assaults, which Washington has blamed on Tehran. Iran has denied involvement.

Iran mentioned this week it could breach internationally agreed curbs on its inventory of low-enriched uranium inside 10 days, including that European nations nonetheless had time to save lots of a landmark nuclear deal.

The U.S. is deploying about 1,000 extra troops to the Center East for what Washington mentioned have been defensive functions, citing considerations a couple of menace from Iran.

Market contributors are additionally ready for a gathering between the Group of the Petroleum Exporting Nations (OPEC) and different producers together with Russia, a bunch generally known as OPEC+, to determine whether or not to increase a provide discount pact that ends this month.

OPEC and non-OPEC states are discussing holding conferences on July 10-12 in Vienna, a date vary proposed by Iran, OPEC sources mentioned on Tuesday.

U.S. crude shares additionally fell by 812,000 barrels final week to 482 million, business group the American Petroleum Institute mentioned on Tuesday.

Official estimates are due on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Modifying by Joseph Radford)

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