AUSTRALIAN OIL UP
FT - Australian oil producers were climbing on Wednesday following a lift in the price of oil overnight spurred by hopes that production cuts could be extended.
The S&P/ASX 200 Energy index added 0.7 per cent, with Beach Energy – the recent buyer of Origin Energy's conventional oil and gas business assets – up 2.8 per cent, Origin up 1.1 per cent and Caltex Australia up 1 per cent.
The broader ASX/S&P 200 index was just 0.1 per cent higher.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday amid fresh speculation that Opec-led production cuts might be extended, with international benchmark Brent settling at $58.33 a barrel, up 1.7 per cent on the day.
Brent inched further up in the morning session in Asia on Wednesday, climbing 0.1 per cent to $58.40 a barrel while the key US marker, West Texas Intermediate, was off 0.1 per cent at $52.43.
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