Oil prices rose for a fifth straight day on Monday with Brent heading for $80 amid supply concerns. However, some parts of the world saw demand pick up with the easing of pandemic conditions.
Brent crude was up 92 cents at $79 a barrel, having risen a third consecutive week through Friday. U.S. Oil added 83 cents, to $74.81, near its highest since July, after rising for a fifth straight week last week.
According to analysis, rising gas prices has also helped drive oil higher as the liquid becomes relatively cheaper for power generation,
Meanwhile, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies, known as OPEC+, have had difficulty raising output as under-investment or maintenance delays persist from the pandemic.
China’s first public sale of state oil reserves has barely acted to cap gains as PetroChina and Hengli Petrochemical bought four cargoes totalling about 4.43 million barrels.
India’s oil imports hit a three-month peak in August, rebounding from nearly one-year lows reached in July, as refiners in the second-biggest importer of crude stocked up in anticipation of higher demand.