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Oil Rallies on US Inventories & Iran

January 20, 2012 at 5:30 by Vladimir Vyun

Crude oil futures rose today as the growing economy of the United States reduced nation’s inventories and on concerns that Iran may disrupt supply by blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

US commercial crude oil inventories declined 3.4 million barrels last week. An increase by 2.9 million was predicted by specialists. Currently the stockpiles stand at 331.2 million barrels.

Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations, explained:

There is no decision to block and close the Strait of Hormuz unless Iran is threatened seriously and somebody wants to tighten the noose. All the options are, or would be, on the table.

February futures for delivery of crude oil rallied by $1.42 to $102.01 per barrel in electronic trading on NYMEX before trading at $101.74 as of 13:03. Brent went from $111.53 to $112.01 per barrel today as of 5:24 GMT on ICE.

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