Oil Ticks Up on Vaccine Hopes, EU Stimulus Deal

Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday, helped by positive news about vaccine trials and a European Union stimulus deal but gains were capped by fears that new lockdowns could derail a recovery in demand. Benchmark Brent crude was up 31 cents at $43.59 by 0743 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 19 cents to $41.00. The closing prices of both have traded within a $2 channel so far in July.

The prices were buoyed by an agreement among European Union leaders on a 750 billion euro ($859 billion) fund to prop up their coronavirus-throttled economies, lifting prospects for fuel demand. The deal allows the European Commission to raise billions of euros on capital markets on behalf of all 27 states, an unprecedented act of solidarity in almost seven decades of European integration…

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