U.S. crude oil price tops $80 a barrel, the highest since 2014
West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, tops $80 for the first time since November 2014.
crossed $80 per barrel on Friday for the first time since November 2014 as demand rebounds while supply remains tight.
The U.S. oil benchmark jumped more than 2% to trade as high as $80.09 on Friday, before easing from that level and hovering around $79.70 at 11:30am on Wall Street. Brent crude, the international benchmark, advanced 1.7% to $83.32 per barrel.
Oil prices have surged in recent days alongside a broader rally in commodities including natural gas and coal amid an energy crunch that’s sweeping Europe and Asia.
“The $80 print became an inevitability,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital. “Despite the rise in U.S. crude oil inventories in this week’s report, the global market remains tight and in a supply deficit. ... Unless and until OPEC+ acts to meaningfully increase supplies, prices will grind higher still.”
WTI is on track for its seventh straight positive week, its longest weekly winning streak since December 2013. For the year both WTI and Brent are now up more than 60%. Natural gas was little changed on Friday, dipping slightly to $5.67 per million British thermal units. Prices have more than doubled since the beginning of the year.