Oil regains $50 as dollar weakens
Brent crude traded above $50 a barrel for the first time since November amid a retreat in the dollar, according to Bloomberg.
Crude oil rallied after data showed U.S. stockpiles declined more than forecast at a time when output is shrinking in Nigeria and Venezuela, Bloomberg reports.
Brent crude rose 0.7% to $50.09 a barrel as of 07:23 London time. U.S. inventories declined by 4.23 million barrels last week, exceeding an expected drop of 2 million, data showed Wednesday. In addition, attacks in Nigeria have cut the nation's production to the lowest in more than two decades and Venezuela is struggling to maintain output amid power cuts.
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