17 August 2017
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Oil prices above $50, buoyed by U.S. stock draw – Reuters

Oil prices rose in Asian trading on Wednesday, with U.S. crude joining Brent above $50 a barrel after data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed a larger than expected draw on stocks, according to Reuters.


U.S. crude futures' August contract, the new front month from Wednesday, climbed 35 cents to $50.20 a barrel by 06:04 GMT, marking its first rise above $50 since June 10, as reported by Reuters.

Brent crude futures were up 32 cents at $50.94 a barrel.

U.S. crude inventories fell by 5.2 million barrels for the week ended June 17, the API said. The trade group's figures were triple the draw of 1.7 million barrels forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.

ECB chief highlights growth risks, uncertaintyThe U.S. government's Energy Information Administration will issue official stockpile data on Wednesday.

Markets remain jumpy over the possibility the United Kingdom will vote to leave the European Union on Thursday in a referendum, with polls showing little difference between the "remain" and "leave" camps.

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