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Oil extends gains on Russia-Europe tension, China stimulus hopes

Brent crude futures rose $1.27, or 1.2%, to $106.26 a barrel by 0143 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose $1.11, or 1.1%, to $102.81 a barrel.

April 27, 2022 / 07:36 AM IST
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Oil prices extended gains in early Asian trade on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions simmered with Russia warning of gas supply cuts to Poland and Bulgaria while hopes of Chinese economic stimulus buoyed oil demand outlook.

Brent crude futures rose $1.27, or 1.2%, to $106.26 a barrel by 0143 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose $1.11, or 1.1%, to $102.81 a barrel.

Crude prices settled about 3% higher on Tuesday in volatile trade as the market is torn between supply and demand concerns over Russian oil and gas disruption and a worsening global economic outlook.

Russia's Gazprom has told Poland and Bulgaria it will halt gas supplies from Wednesday, in a major escalation of Russia's broader row with the West over its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "military operation".