Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weak dollar, China data boost oil prices

Oil prices pushed to new highs for the year yesterday on a weak dollar and new data suggesting manufacturing in China has strengthened. Both of those factors helped send energy prices to record highs last summer.
The national average gasoline price over the weekend rose above $2.50 a gallon for the first time since October.

Benchmark crude oil for July delivery rose $2.27 to settle at $68.58 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest close since November. On the ICE Futures exchange in London, Brent crude rose $2.45 to settle at $67.97 a barrel.
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