Oil prices rose today supported by real and threatened cuts to supply, although crude was set for a second weekly decline as aggressive interest rate hikes and China's Covid-19 curbs weighed on the demand outlook.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to halt oil and gas exports to Europe if price caps are imposed and a small cut to OPEC+ oil output plans announced this week also supported prices.
Brent crude rose $2.29 or 2.6%, to $91.44 a barrel this afternoon. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude climbed $2.45, or 2.9%, to $85.99.
"Over the coming months, the West will have to contend with the risk of losing Russian energy supplies and oil prices soaring," said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM.
Brent is down sharply from a surge in March close to its all-time high of $147 after Russia invaded Ukraine, pressured by worries about a recession and demand.
Despite today's bounce, both crude benchmarks were headed for a weekly drop, with Brent down almost 2% on the week after at one point hitting its lowest since January.
"I think the sell-off in oil prices may come to a pause for now due to a recovery in risk sentiment across the board," said CMC Markets analyst Tina Teng, adding that a weaker dollar and falls in bond yields have offered support for a rebound in risk assets.
While supply tightness supports the market, the European Central Bank's unprecedented rate hike of 75 basis points this week and more Covid-19 lockdowns in China have weighed.
The city of Chengdu extended a lockdown for most of its more than 21 million residents this week while millions more in other parts of China were told to shun travel during upcoming holidays