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Oil prices firm as traders eye Ukraine

Global oil prices edged higher Tuesday as investors kept a close eye on simmering international tensions over Crimea and awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in April, gained just four cents to $98.12 a barrel compared with Monday's close. Brent North Sea crude for May delivery added 11 cents to stand at $106.35 in early afternoon London trade.

Oil dips near $98 a barrel after Crimea votes to split from Ukraine, join Russia

The price of oil fell to near US$98 a barrel Monday after Crimea voted to split from Ukraine and join Russia, a development already anticipated by investors. The vote triggered sanctions by the EU and U.S. against Russia, but none that affected the country's energy industry. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery fell 81 cents to close at US$98.08 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, dropped $1.97 to US$106.24 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Oil prices drop after Ukraine's Crimea opts for Russia

Oil prices fell modestly Monday as markets downplayed fears of disruptions to Western European energy supplies after Crimea voted in a disputed referendum to leave Ukraine and join Russia. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in April, finished trading at $98.08 a barrel, a loss of 81 cents from Friday's close. Brent North Sea crude for May delivery slid $1.97 to $106.24 a barrel in London trade, its lowest level since early February.

Crude prices drift lower after Crimea referendum

Oil nudged lower Monday as the United States hinted at fresh sanctions against Moscow after Crimea voted in a disputed referendum to leave Ukraine and join Russia. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in April, fell 24 cents to $98.65 a barrel compared with Friday's close. Brent North Sea crude for May delivery slid 57 cents to stand at $107.64 around midday in London. Washington strongly rejected the vote on Sunday, saying it violated Ukraine's constitution and was carried out "under duress of Russian military intervention."

Crude prices up after Crimea referendum

Oil prices rose in Asia Monday on increased geopolitical tensions, as the United States hinted at fresh sanctions against Moscow after Crimea voted in a referendum to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States strongly rejected the vote on Sunday, saying it violated Ukraine's constitution and was carried out "under duress of Russian military intervention". New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for April delivery, was up 25 cents to $99.14 in afternoon trade, and Brent North Sea crude for May gained seven cents to $108.28.

Oil down slightly below $99 a barrel after Crimea votes to split from Ukraine, join Russia

Oil prices were slightly lower Monday after Crimea's vote to split from Ukraine and join Russia. Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was down 9 cents to $98.80 a barrel at 0715 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 69 cents to close at $98.89 on Friday. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 21 cents to $108 on the ICE exchange in London.

Crude prices up after Crimea referendum

Oil prices rose in Asia Monday on increased geopolitical tensions as the United States hinted at fresh sanctions against Moscow after Crimea voted in a referendum to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States strongly rejected the vote on Sunday, saying it violated Ukraine's constitution and was carried out "under duress of Russian military intervention". New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for April delivery, was up 23 cents to $99.12 in mid-morning Asian trade, and Brent North Sea crude for May gained 11 cents to $108.32.

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Oil prices slightly up after positive news on US economy offsets signs of weakness in China

Oil prices edged slightly higher on Friday but remained under $100 a barrel as traders weighed whether an apparent pickup in the U.S. economy could spur enough demand to offset a slowdown in China and tension in the Ukraine. Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was up 2 cents to $98.22 a barrel at 0920 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 21 cents to close at $98.20 on Thursday. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 5 cents to $106.97 on the ICE exchange in London.

Crude oil back above US$98 a barrel; natural gas falls near two-month low

The price of oil got a slight boost from positive U.S. economic data Thursday, while natural gas hit a nearly two-month low. Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery rose 21 cents to US$98.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract fell $2.04 to close at US$97.99, its first close below $100 in a month. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, dropped 63 cents to US$107.39 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
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