Oil prices rises along with stocks and currencies

Monday 20 May 2013 20.05
Oil traders focus on key economic data from the US and China
Oil traders focus on key economic data from the US and China

The price of oil rose, taking its cue from the stock market and the dollar.

Benchmark oil for June delivery was up 86 cents, or 0.9%, to $96.88 a barrel in midday trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Oil moved higher as US stock markets reversed early losses. At midday, the Dow Jones industrial average showed a gain of 19.82, or 0.1%.

A falling dollar also sparked interest in oil. Since oil is traded in dollars, a weaker dollar makes crude and other commodities more appealing to investors with other currencies.

The euro rose to 1.2865 from $1.2829 Friday. The dollar fell to 102.46 yen from 103.18 Friday.

Later in the week, the US government will release home sales and durable goods orders for April and HSBC will release its monthly survey on China's manufacturing growth.

Analysts are also awaiting testimony Wednesday from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Of special interest are any possible hints that the Fed might be preparing to scale back its loose monetary policy because recent data has pointed toward a sustained economic recovery.

Brent crude, a benchmark for many international oil varieties, rose 37 cents to $104.97 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.