Oil rises on weaker dollar, but virus woes and U.S.-China tensions weigh


An aerial view shows pumpjacks in the South Belridge Oil Field on April 24, 2020 near McKittrick, California.

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Oil edged up on Friday as the dollar fell to an almost two-year low, although demand concerns stemming from rising coronavirus cases and U.S.-China tensions kept a lid on prices.

The dollar slid to 22-month lows against a basket of currencies. A weaker dollar usually spurs buying of commodities priced in the greenback, like oil, because they become cheaper for holders of other currencies.  

Brent crude rose 15 cents, or 0.4%, to $43.46 a barrel by 0137 GMT, and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude  rose by 12 cents, or 0.3%, to $41.19.


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