Oil prices rise over 1% on drone attack on Saudi Aramco facilities (reuters.com)

Oil prices rose over 1% on Tuesday after top exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones launched by a Yemeni-armed movement aligned to Iran had attacked facilities belonging to state oil company Aramco.

That move higher comes as the market waits for a report from the American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, which is expected to show U.S. crude stockpiles fell by 800,000 barrels last week, their second decline in a row, according to analysts in a Reuters poll. [EIA/S]

The poll was conducted ahead of weekly reports from API at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Tuesday and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday.

Brent futures gained $1.01, or 1.4 percent, to settle at $71.24 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 74 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $61.78.

That was the highest settle for Brent since May 6 and WTI since May 8 and caused the closing premium of Brent over WTI to rise to a nine-week high.

More detail at https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-global-oil/oil-prices-jump-on-drone-attack-on-saudi-aramco-facilities-idUSKCN1SK04R

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