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Oil climbed towards $63 a barrel on Thursday, supported by refinery closures that are cutting gasoline supplies in top consumer the United States just ahead of the summer driving season.
U.S. oil rose more than 1% Tuesday as unrest in Nigeria cut off more supplies from the world's eighth largest crude exporter.
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There are increasing worries that Nigerian oil production could fall even further at the end of the month if militants succeed with threatened attacks, planned to coincide with the handover of power from President Matthew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo to his successor on May 29, sources and traders in the energy industry said Wednesday.
U.S. crude oil futures fell more than a dollar as RBOB gasoline faltered after rising early, triggering profit taking in the crude oil market and the rest of the oil futures complex, according to traders and analysts.
U.S. crude oil futures ended lower for the fourth consecutive session, as Nigerian militants freed several hostages taken from an Italian-operated oil field.
The S&P 500 index closed above the 1,500 level for the first time in nearly seven years but overall gains were modest amid concern the market may be reaching a top. "There is a lot of good news out there but we caution investors that it has been quite a while since a pullback in the stock market," said Alan Skrainka, chief market strategist at Edward Jones. "That concerns us a little bit."
Royal Dutch Shell, Nigeria's largest foreign oil producer, said on Thursday it was preparing to restart oil operations shut for more than a year by militant attacks in the country's Delta.
U.S. crude oil futures ended a choppy session lower as traders booked profits. Earlier in the day, prices jumped above $66 a barrel amid a flurry of refinery glitches. A string of refinery outages in the United States, coming on the heels of a long and extensive maintenance season, has drained gasoline stocks as the giant market gears up for driving season.
Crude oil futures fell more than a dollar as traders took profits ahead of fresh oil inventory data due Wednesday and following Monday's sharp price rise on worries about supply disruptions in the wake of Nigeria's disputed presidential election.
U.S. crude jumped as much as $1.84 to $65.95 a barrel after Nigeria's elections drew condemnation from monitors and investors waited for fresh word on oil supplies from the world's eighth biggest exporter. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Nigeria's largest northern city. Brent crude was also up sharply.
U.S. crude oil futures ended sharply higher, pushed up at the expiration of the front-month May contract and ahead of Nigeria's presidential election Saturday that has oil markets worried about post-election turmoil disrupting supply.
Oil prices dipped as rising refinery production and a key pipeline restart eased worries of a U.S. fuel supply crunch this summer driving season.
Crude oil prices firmed slightly on Wednesday as worries over Iran's nuclear ambitions countered easing fears of a gasoline supply crunch in the United States this summer driving season.
Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday it would pay $352.6 million, plus administrative costs, to settle claims from European and other non-U.S. investors over the restatement of its oil reserves in 2004.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Wednesday it will extend the contract of Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer by a year, pushing his retirement date to June 30, 2009.
Oil prices climbed toward $61 a barrel, drawing strength from a rebound in global equities and on forecasts for a drop in gasoline inventories in the United States, the top consumer.
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