A photo taken on March 24, 2022 shows a LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) filling station for trucks in Dortmund, western German. (INA FASSBENDER / AFP)
Oil prices rose at the start of Asian trade on Wednesday after industry data showed drawdowns in US crude and fuel stockpiles, raising supply concerns.
Brent crude futures rose 89 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $105.86 a barrel by 0223 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 97 cents, or 1 percent, to $103.38 a barrel.
The gains come on the back of news from Tuesday that the European Union is working on new sanctions against Russia that will target Moscow's oil industry.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to spell out the plans on Wednesday, officials said.
The gains come on the back of news from Tuesday that the European Union is working on new sanctions against Russia that will target Moscow's oil industry
In the United States, crude and fuel stocks fell last week, according to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures. Crude stocks fell by 3.5 million barrels for the week ended April 29, the sources said, more than an expected 800,000-barrel drop in a Reuters poll.
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"The API report had people stop worrying about the demand side and start worrying about the supply side again," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures group.
US government data on stockpiles is due on Wednesday.
The global manufacturing PMI contracted in April for the first time since June 2020, Caroline Bain, chief commodities economist at Capital Economics said in a note.
"The big picture is clearly negative for commodities demand," she said, adding that rising inflation and higher interest rates are starting to bear down on spending.
"While supply constraints may keep commodity prices elevated for some time yet, we think subdued demand will weigh on most prices later this year and in 2023," Bain said.
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