Oil Prices Edge Up
Tuesday January 2, 10:41 am ET
Oil Prices Extend Rise Above $61 a Barrel in Quiet Trading
LONDON (AP) -- Oil prices rose in quiet trading Tuesday but warmer than usual winter weather in the United States restrained the gains.
Trading was expected to remain muted through the day because the New York Mercantile Exchange closed its trading floor in observance of the national day of mourning for former U.S. President Gerald Ford.
But in electronic trading, light sweet crude for February delivery on the Nymex rose 23 cents to $61.28 a barrel by midafternoon in Europe. February Brent at London's ICE Futures exchange gained 58 cents to $61.44 a barrel.
The market's short-term focus has turned to demand for winter fuels, particularly in the U.S. Northeast, the world's largest heating oil market.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service are for mild temperatures in many parts of the country into the middle of January. That could curb demand for winter fuels and has sent oil prices lower.
Government data last week also showed U.S. heating oil inventories at 4.6 percent above their five-year average levels.
Heating oil for delivery on the Nymex rose 0.8 cent to $1.6562 per gallon, while natural gas futures fell 12.1 cents to $6.178 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Analysts said the market could still find some support from longer-term concerns over the security of supplies and on expectations of robust growth in demand.
"We still continue to think the New Year could bring in a new wave of speculative interest since ($60) seems to represent a value level," analysts at Fimat USA said. They cited geopolitical concerns in the Middle East, unrest in Nigeria's oil-producing regions and firm demand in China and India.
"All the elements that brought prices to these levels are still with us."
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星期二 一月2日 10:41 am ET
倫敦 (AP) -- 油價於星期二在交易量不大的情況下上揚, 但美國冬季比以往暖和使得油價漲勢受限.
因悼念美國前總統吉拉得. 福特逝世, 紐約商業交易所停止人工撮和交易(trading floor), 所以預期整日均會交易清淡.
但在電子商務交易中, 歐洲在中午前的紐約商業交易所二月份交期之輕甜原油上揚23分, 至每桶$61.28. 英國的洲際交易所(ICE)二月份的布蘭特石油則上漲了58分, 至每桶$61.44.
市場的短期焦點轉向冬季燃料需求, 特別是美國東北部, 世界最大的取暖用油市場.
國家氣象中心預測, 截至1月中, 美國許多地區的氣溫將是溫暖的. 這將抑制冬季的燃料需求, 進而使得油價走低.
紐約商業交易所的取暖用油上揚0.8分, 至每加崙$1.6562, 而天然氣期貨價格則下跌12.1分, 至每1000立方呎$6.178.
"我們仍然認為在新的一年, 將帶來一波新的投機性炒作, 因為 ($60)似乎仍代表一重要的價格水平", 美國Fimat的分析師如此表示. 這論點乃是來自於對中東地區的考量, 奈及利亞產油區的動盪, 和來自中國和印度的堅實需求等.