The release of crude oil inventories earlier today showed a surprise increase in the number of barrels.
Rebel attacks in Nigeria underpin crude
On Thursday, crude rallied on a reported dive in American crude inventories. Another factor contributing to surge was the fact that Nigerian rebels threatened to have the country's petroleum infrastructure attacked.
However, oil prices stood below recent three-year maximums because fuel supplies are still rich and refineries reduced the overall number of operations.
Brent crude futures hit $69.56, adding 0.3% from their previous settlement. On Monday, these futures reached their highest value since December, 2014, demonstrating a reading of $70.37 a barrel.
American West Texas Intermediate crude futures showed $64.25 a barrel, gaining 0.4% from their previous close. On Tuesday, WTI futures marked a December-2014 maximum of $64.89 per barrel.
Market participants told that oil prices had been underpinned after news that Nigeria's militant group dubbed Niger Delta Avengers threatened to attack the country's crude industry soon.
The yellow metal reached the highest levels in 6 years amid the global risk aversion.
The yellow metal could not stay for a long time near the $1,401 level.
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