Oil rises to above $89 as US dollar weakens
SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose above $89 a barrel Thursday in Asia as a weaker U.S. dollar made crude cheaper for investors with other currencies.
Benchmark oil for January delivery was up 94 cents to $89.22 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 41 cents to settle at $88.28 on Wednesday.
Oil has hovered in the upper-$80s this week - touching a two-year high of $90.76 on Tuesday - as traders mull how much global crude demand may grow in 2011. In the absence of any strong catalyst from oil market or economic data, crude prices often follow currency and stock markets.
The euro rose to $1.3310 on Thursday from $1.3261 late Wednesday while the dollar dropped to 83.80 yen from 84.00 yen. Some analysts expect surging crude consumption in Asia and other emerging economies to continue to boost global demand next year. Global oil consumption rose to a record 86.7 million barrels a day in the third quarter and will likely jump to 88.1 million in 2011, according to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie. -Ap