The price of “black gold” continues to grow

Brent crude in London traded at $73,06 per barrel, and WTI in new York has risen to $of 63.14.

The world prices for oil reference marks continues to grow on the background of aggravation of the situation in the middle East. This according to the auction on Thursday evening, may 16.

So, the July Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange as of 22:00 on Kiev increased by $1,29 (1,80%) to $73,06 per barrel.

The cost of the futures on WTI for June at the electronic session on the new York Mercantile exchange (NYMEX) rose to $1,12 (1,81%) – to $of 63.14 per barrel.

Thus, the spread between the current contracts for Brent and WTI is $9,92 in favor of Brent.

The main growth factor in oil prices in recent days is the escalation of tensions in the middle East. On weekends and early in the week there have been reports of attacks on the oil infrastructure in the region, including tankers off the coast of the UAE and the oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, on Wednesday, the U.S. government ordered the withdrawal from Iraq of all diplomatic personnel that are not related to fulfillment of important tasks, amid increased tensions with Iran. The specific reason for such measures is not specified.

Earlier it was reported that the United States sent to the middle East, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and an additional group of bombers. It became known later that the region will in addition send a helicopter landing ship Arlington and complex Patriot.

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