Brent Crude Jumps to Two-Year Highs on Rising Expectations of Fast-growing Demand

Brent crude rose to a more-than-two-year highs on Monday, supported by rising expectations that fast-growing demand would help erase a global glut. Meanwhile, a historic but non-binding referendum on independence of Iraqi Kurds is raising regional tensions and fears of instability which caused a threat to Iraqi Kurdistan’s crude exports.

Contracts for Brent crude for November delivery, the global benchmark, soared dramatically by 2.81% to trade at $58.500 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange. Brent oil has been supported by upward revisions to demand expectations. According to data published by the International Energy Agency earlier in September, its estimate for demand growth in 2017 was increased by 100,000 barrels a day to 1.6 million a day.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecasts for 2017 and 2018 U.S. crude-oil production to average 9.25 million barrels per day in 2017, down 1% from the previous forecast.

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