International oil price risen to highest since mid-2015


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Oil prices hit their highest since July 2015 today (06) as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince cemented his power over the weekend through an anti-corruption crackdown, while markets continued to tighten.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading 26 cents higher at $62.33 a barrel by 1012 GMT, after hitting a session peak of $62.90, a 28-month high.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 rose 25 cents to $55.89 a barrel, breaking above $56 for the first time since July 2015.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tightened his grip with the arrest of royals, ministers and investors including prominent billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal and the powerful head of the National Guard, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah.

Analysts, for now, do not see Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, changing its policy of boosting crude prices.

Prince Mohammed’s reforms include a plan to list parts of state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco next year, and a higher oil price is seen as beneficial for its market capitalization.

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