Oil Jumps 5% On Tempered Iran View, Slower US Inventory Rise

Reuters

NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Monday as traders reassessed how quickly Iran might increase exports after a preliminary nuclear deal and anticipated that a months-long rise in U.S. crude inventories may be slowing.

Brent crude's rally followed Thursday's nearly 4 percent tumble after Iran and six world powers announced a framework agreement on the OPEC member's nuclear program. But initial expectations of a quick recovery in oil exports were tempered by views that it could take longer than expected to roll back sanctions.

"People betting on Iran's oil arriving tomorrow realize they may have to wait up to a year," said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.

Oil extended gains after industry intelligence group Genscape reported that stockpiles at Cushing, Oklahoma, barely rose last week, according to traders. It would be the smallest increase since November at the delivery point for the U.S. crude contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Brent May crude rose $3.17, or 5.77 percent, to settle at $58.12 a barrel, its biggest one-day percentage rise since surging 7.8 percent on Feb. 13.

U.S. May crude rose $3, or 6.11 percent, to settle at $52.14, the biggest percentage gain since gaining 7 percent on Feb. 3.

A weaker dollar following Friday's disappointing U.S. jobs report for March buoyed crude oil prices on Monday.


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