U.S. OIL PRICES UP
Under pressure from their lenders, cash-strapped US shale companies risk snuffing out oil's nascent recovery by rushing to lock-in higher prices through the sale of future production.
Oil prices have rallied by almost 50 per cent since dropping below $30 a barrel in January, tempting producers to grab any price that will allow them to keep operating through the worst commodity crash in more than 20 years.
The number of active US oil futures contracts for delivery in December 2017 has leapt by almost 40 per cent since January, data from exchange operator CME Group show, in a clear indication of increased hedging…
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