Oil hovers below $92 in Asia as global stock market rally bolsters investor confidence
Oil prices hovered below $92 a barrel Tuesday in Asia near a two-year high as a stock market rally to start 2011 boosted crude trader optimism.
Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 7 cents to $91.62 a barrel midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 17 cents to settle at $91.55 on Monday.
U.S. stock markets advanced the first trading day of the year as data showed recent manufacturing activity and construction spending rose more than analysts were predicting.
The S&P 500 stock index gained 1.1 per cent Monday and most Asia equity markets rose Tuesday, led by a 1.7 per cent jump in Japan's Nikkei 225 index.
Oil investors often look to equities as a barometer of overall investor sentiment.
"This ongoing burst of economic optimism is enhancing the oil market's attractiveness as an asset class," Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report. "We look for this momentum to be sustained as long as the stock market maintains a northerly course."
In other Nymex trading in February contracts, heating oil gained 0.7 cent to $2.56 a gallon while gasoline futures rose 0.3 cent to $2.43 per gallon. February natural gas futures fell 0.1 cent to $4.64 per 1,000 cubic feet.
In London, Brent crude rose 16 cents to $95.00 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
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