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Oil falls as hopes grow for Libyan cease-fire

Oil falls as hopes grow for Libyan cease-fire

Oil fell Monday as Libya's Moammar Gadhafi appeared to accept a cease-fire plan with rebel forces, increasing the chances that Libyan crude ill return to world markets soon.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery lost $2.06 at $110.73 per barrel in midday trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier in the day, crude rose as high as $113.46 per barrel, the highest level since September 2008.
The drop followed news over the weekend that Gadhafi had accepted a "road map" to a cease-fire from a delegation of African leaders. Experts say most of Libya's exports will be shut down for months, until the country sees some political stability. Traders still consider the cease-fire plan a good sign that oil will once again leave the country. Most of Libya's oil went to refineries in Europe.
"A cease-fire could ultimately lead to a stable enough environment that could accommodate at least some oil production" in Libya, analyst Jim Ritterbusch said. Before the rebellion broke out, Libya produced about 1.6 million barrels of oil per day and supplied nearly 2 percent of world demand.
In other Nymex trading for May contracts, heating oil lost 5 cents at $3.2669 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 4 cents to $3.2220 per gallon. Natural gas gained 8 cents at $4.124 per 1,000 cubic feet.
In London, Brent crude gave up $1.57 at $124.55 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.


Updated : 2021-10-20 18:06 GMT+08:00