Brent oil price rebounds 5% from slump

SINGAPORE (AFP): Brent oil rebounded on Thursday, after tanking the previous day on hopes that the huge amounts of sanctions-hit Russian oil could be largely replaced by sourcing from elsewhere.

European benchmark Brent North Sea crude climbed 5.1 percent to $116.80 per barrel in morning deals.

New York’s WTI contract advanced 3.5 percent to $112.58.

Both contracts had collapsed by more than 12 percent in value on Wednesday, as traders also seized on a glimmer of hope for peace talks between key producer Russia and Ukraine.

Brent tumbled as low as $105.60, having hit a peak of $139 just two days before, as the Ukraine crisis continues to send shockwaves through markets.

The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday it would urge fellow states in the OPEC oil producers’ cartel to boost output, while US talks with massive producer Venezuela appeared to be making progress.

“Crude prices rebounded this morning after being whipsawed on various Russia headlines,” said analyst Neil Wilson.

“Brent and WTI plunged yesterday in a brutal reversal as the UAE indicated it could start pumping more oil and call on friends at OPEC to do more.

“Comments from Russian and Ukrainian officials also pointed towards a path to peace, but the situation on the ground is no different.”

At the same time, Iraq has said it could lift output and nuclear talks with Iran were also showing signs of bearing fruit.

However, with the Ukraine war still raging and crude oil supplies still tight, expectations are for the commodity to maintain its price strength.

“Traders are still very much in a cautionary mode as it is not clear to them that the current change in momentum or shift in the direction of the oil trend will last,” said AvaTrade analyst Naeem Aslam.