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Oil prices rose about 3% Thursday on the likelihood that Germany would join a complete European ban on Russian oil.
In late-morning trading today, WTI futures were up 1.3% at $106.70/bbl, Brent was up 2.0% at $109.70/bbl, and U.S. natural gas was up 2.7% at $7.08/MMBtu.
Oil prices fell modestly Friday but notched their fifth straight month of gains, with WTI up 4.4% and Brent up 1.3% since April 1.
In mid-morning trading today, WTI futures were down 2.8% at $101.80/bbl, Brent was down 2.6% at $104.40/bbl, and U.S. natural gas was up 2.2% at $7.33/bbl.
The price of diesel fuel approached $5.30 per gallon yesterday, a record high, and was up 4.3% over the past week and nearly double the price a year ago.
Active U.S. oil and gas rigs rose by three to 698 last week, the highest total since the beginning of the pandemic and the 21st consecutive monthly gain.
Scientists claim to have uncovered a link regarding PFAS, better known as “forever chemicals,” and their connection to liver damage, as well as a possible connection to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Five counties in Wisconsin along with the entire state of Michigan signed a deal with a carbon development firm in Utah to create carbon offset projects on approximately 800,000 acres in the region.
A historic drought along the U.S. West Coast and Rocky Mountains could strain power grids, cause blackouts, and force the region to rely more on fossil fuels rather than hydropower throughout the summer.
Two new subvariants of Omicron sweeping through South Africa were discovered in the U.S., scientists say. Early research suggests they can evade antibodies from earlier COVID-19 infection and vaccination.
Economic worries sent U.S. stock markets to their lowest monthly close since early in the pandemic in April.
U.S. consumer prices rose 6.6% in March from a year before, the fastest inflation rate in 40 years, according to a Fed-preferred measure of data released Friday. Survey results suggest more than 70% of consumers are switching to cheaper alternatives for food and essential items while more than 40% are delaying purchases of big-ticket items.
Cases of measles are up 80% across the globe this year after the pandemic interrupted vaccination campaigns for non-COVID diseases.
Euro-area inflation hit an all-time high 7.5% year over year in April, pressuring the EU’s central bank to reverse pandemic stimulus and raise interest rates. The bloc’s GDP rose 0.2% in the first quarter, an optimistic sign amid economic contraction in the U.S.
A purchasing managers index of factory activity in China fell to 47.4 in April, a two-year low signaling larger-than-expected contraction due to lockdowns.
South Korea registered a $2.66 billion trade deficit in April, as COVID-19 lockdowns in China shrank exports, and rising energy and raw materials prices pushed up imports.
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Russia is estimating that its economy could contract by as much as 12.4% due to sanctions.