Crude Oil Ends Higher On Upbeat Data


09/02/2014 09:37 AST

U.S. crude oil ended higher for a third session Thursday, tracking rising global equity markets with some upbeat initial claims data for U.S. unemployment benefits and ahead of the crucial jobs data for January due tomorrow. Oil prices also found support with demand for heating oil continuing to soar, while crude oil inventories fell much less than expected last week, coupled with supply disruptions from Libya.

On the economic front, the European Central Bank on Thursday left its main lending rate unchanged at 0.25%, in line with expectations. The ECB indicated continuation of its low interest rates, while terming the economic recovery as uneven and fragile. As well, the Bank of England left its bond-buying program unchanged while holding on to its key lending rate at a record low of 0.5%.

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