Oil rises to six-week high as U.S. supply concerns dominate
By Scott DiSavino, Reuters
via StreetInsider.com - Sep 12, 2021
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Oil prices rose to a six-week high on Monday as U.S. output remains slow to return two weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast and worries another storm could affect output in Texas this week.
Those price gains came even though the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trimmed its world oil demand forecast for the last quarter of 2021 due to the Delta coronavirus variant.
Brent futures rose 59 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $73.51 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 73 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $70.45.
That was Brent's highest close since July 30 and WTI's highest close since Aug. 3.
"Hurricane Ida’s impact is lasting more than the market expected and as some oil production capacity remains shut this week, prices are rising on supply not being restored and therefore not reaching refineries that have restarted operations quicker than producers," said Nishant Bhushan, oil markets analyst at Rystad Energy.
Further disruption from bad weather could be around the corner...