Oil rose to a 15-month high in New York after the Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. crude inventories fell last week and Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said many nations are willing to join OPEC output cuts.
Futures rose as much as 3.1 percent to the highest intraday level since July 2015. EIA reported a 5.25 million-barrel decline in nationwide crude supplies in the week ended October 14. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 2.1 million-barrel increase and the American Petroleum Institute was said to report Tuesday a 3.8 million-barrel drop.
OPEC can continue to stabilize the market and other nations have given “strong signals” they will cooperate, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy and Industry Khalid Al-Falih said in London.
West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose $1.47 to $51.76 a barrel at 10:51 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent for December settlement climbed $1.30 to $52.98 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange.