PT Solid Gold Berjangka | Oil Gains Ahead of Fed Meeting as Middle East Conflict Persists

01:11 01 November in Commodity, PT SGB, SOLID GOLD BERJANGKA | SOLID GROUP

Solid Gold Berjangka | Oil prices edged up in early Asian trade on Wednesday ahead of key global central bank meetings this week including the U.S. Federal Reserve, as the market also closely watches the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Brent January crude futures rose 36 cents, or 0.4%, to $85.38 a barrel by 0040 GMT, after falling $1.33 on Tuesday. Brent December futures settled 4 cents lower at $87.41 a barrel at the contract’s expiry on Tuesday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 28 cents, or 0.3%, to $81.30 a barrel after losing $1.29 in the previous session.

“Crude prices are steadying ahead of a key issuance update by the Treasury and FOMC rate decision,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA, referring to the Federal Open Market Committee that sets the direction of U.S. monetary policy.

“Geopolitical risks remain and that seems to be offsetting some of the record production levels that are coming from the U.S.”

Crude oil inventories rose by about 1.3 million barrels last week, while fuel stockpiles fell by about 360,000 barrels, according to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures on Tuesday.

Interest rate hikes aimed at taming inflation can slow economic growth and reduce oil demand, while rate cuts to spur spending could increase oil consumption.

The Fed, which will end its meeting on Wednesday, is expected to hold rates steady, according to a poll by CME’s Fedwatch tool.

Source : Reuters,PT SGB, Solid Group, Solid Gold Berjangka