“Speculators drove the selloff and now they might be forced to support the recovery,” said Ole Sloth Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank. “The Iraq dispute has given support to prices, but it’s ultimately helped push a ball that was already rolling. Sentiment in the market has been improving as the banking crisis fades.”
Oil nonetheless remains on track for a fifth monthly decline following concerns over a potential US recession and resilient Russian energy flows. Most market watchers are still betting that China’s recovery will accelerate and boost prices later this year, with a top producer in the country forecasting a surge in demand.
Investors will be watching comments from several US Federal Reserve officials and a key measure of US inflation this week for clues on the path forward for monetary policy. Interest-rate hikes have added to bearish sentiment.
- WTI for May delivery rose 0.7% to $73.35 a barrel as of 9:39 a.m. in London
- Brent for the same month added 0.6% to $78.57