OIL PRICE UP TO $50.51
According to REUTERS, oil prices rose for a third day to their highest in about eight months on Wednesday, helped by industry data showing a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude inventories, worries about attacks on Nigeria's oil industry and strong Chinese demand.
London Brent crude for August delivery was up 9 cents at $51.53 a barrel by 0451 GMT, after settling up 89 cents on Tuesday. It earlier touched $51.55, the highest since Oct. 12.
NYMEX crude for July delivery was up 17 cents at $50.53 a barrel, after touching $50.58 earlier, the strongest since Oct. 9.
U.S. commercial crude inventories fell by 3.6 million barrels last week, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday after the market settlement, compared with expectations for a 2.7 million barrel.
The market inched higher after Chinese trade data showed that its exports fell more than expected in May, but imports beat forecasts, adding to hopes that the economy of the world's second-largest oil user may be stabilising. Its crude imports last month jumped 38.7 percent from a year ago.
Still, some concerns about global oil demand remain. The World Bank slashed its 2016 global growth forecast on Wednesday to 2.4 percent due to stubbornly low commodity prices, sluggish demand in advanced economies, weak trade and diminishing capital flows.
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