Oil prices have jumped to the highest level since July 2008 after the US was discussing a potential ban on Russian supplies with other countries
Energy markets have been shaken in recent days over supply fears are driven by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with consumers already feeling the impact of higher energy costs. According to the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the chamber was “exploring” legislation to ban the import of Russian oil. Later this week, Congress intends to enact $10 billion of aid for Ukraine in response to Russia’s military invasion.
Brent crude – the global oil benchmark – soared to above $139 a barrel before easing to around $130 on Friday. Its price rose by more than 20% last week. At the moment of writing, it was trading at $125.51 per barrel.
The US is expected to pressure Saudi Arabia to increase crude oil production this week.
Asia and Europe
The news about the oil prices jump came after Japan225 closed down by almost 3%, and HongKong45 traded 3.6% lower. Moreover, one of the most sought-after commodities – Gold – hit $2,000 per ounce for the first time in almost 18 months. At the moment of writing, it was trading at $1,976 per ounce.
Sources: bbc.com, marketwatch.com, theguardian.com
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