Oil prices rise after Chinese data shows higher growth

Oil prices rise after Chinese data shows higher growth

PanARMENIAN.Net - The price of oil rose Monday, Dec 10, after Chinese data showed higher growth in electricity consumption and industrial production, The Associated Press reported.

Benchmark crude for January delivery was up 23 cents to $86.16 at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 33 cents to finish at $85.93 per barrel on Friday.

Signs that China's economy is recovering from a slowdown suggest there will be an increase in demand for energy to fuel its manufacturing industries.

The Chinese government reported Sunday that factory output increased 10.1 percent from a year earlier, compared to the previous month's rise of 9.6 percent year-on-year. Retail sales rose 14.9 percent, up from October's 14.5 percent.

Electricity consumption rose 7.9 percent in November from 6.4 percent in October, according to Natalie Rampono, a commodities analyst with ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne.

Analysts were still assessing Chinese trade data released earlier Monday that showed export growth declining and imports at a standstill.

"Markets were expecting improvement in imports in crude," Rampono said. "That was the expectation. That imports had increased in November."

Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, rose 21 cents to $107.23 per barrel, on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

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