Azeri LT CIF crude oil, exported from Azerbaijan to the world markets, increased $ 0.3 (0.62%), settling at $ 48.37 per barrel, Report says.
On Wednesday, Baker Hughes reported that the number of oil rigs in the United States rose by 10 to 241, resuming its climb after a one-week decline last week.
The total number of active oil and gas rigs increased for the week by 10, with oil rigs increasing by ten and gas rigs rising by 1. Miscellaneous rigs fell by one rig. Total oil and gas rigs in the United States are now down by 482 compared to this time last year.
The EIA’s estimate for oil production in the United States rose again last week as well, to
WTI and Brent were trading up on Friday after the rig count release, which came two days early due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
At 1:43 pm EDT, WTI was trading up 2.87% on the day at $46.20 and up more than $4 per barrel week on week. Brent was trading up 2.36% on the day, at $49.03, also up more than $4 per barrel on the week.
The main catalyst appears to be positive vaccine news that has even offset the new round of lockdowns due to the coronavirus and API’s reports of increased crude oil stocks in the United States.