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Crude Oil Rises, But Can It Sustain Its Growth?

July 30, 2010 at 0:59 by Vladimir Vyun

Crude oil gained today after weaker dollar and improving confidence in economic growth increased appeal of the commodity. Initial unemployment claims in the U.S. decreased to 457,000 in the week ending July 24 from the previous week’s revised figure of 468,000. Unemployment in Germany also decreased, falling by 20,000.

The weaker dollar spurred commodity prices. Extensive buying of energy commodities by investment funds also bolstered oil prices.

Positive news from financial markets drew attention away from potentially negative factors. Among such factors are increasing inventories and imports of crude oil in the U.S. Increasing supplies also may show negative influence in the future. OPEC output grew by 80,000 barrels (0.3 percent) to an average 29.24 million barrels per day.

September delivery for crude oil rose by $1.37 to $78.36 per barrel on NYMEX. Prices were up 3.6 percent this month.

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