Crude output, coronavirus in focus


Oil pumping jacks, also known as “nodding donkeys”, operate in an oilfield near Almetyevsk, Tatarstan, Russia, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

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Oil prices jumped by more than $1 a barrel on Monday to their highest in more than a month, supported by ongoing output cuts and signs of gradual recovery in fuel demand as more countries ease curbs imposed to stop the coronavirus pandemic spreading.

Brent crude climbed $1.34, or 4.1%, to $33.84 a barrel by 1244 GMT, after touching a high since April 13. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up $1.40, or 4.8%, at $30.83 a barrel, the highest in nine weeks or since March 16.

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