Crude oil rises for first time in seven days
Crude oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Friday for the first time in seven days as markets took a breather from concerns about the impact of Britain's possible exit from the European Union, Reuters reported.
Brent crude futures were up 38 cents, or 0.8%, at $47.57 a barrel at 0143 GMT after slumping 3.6% in the previous session, according to Reuters.
The contract is on track to fall more than 5.5% for the week.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 27 cents, or 0.6%, at $46.48. The contract fell 3.8% in the previous session and prices are down more than 5% so far this week, according to the report.
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Commodities across the board also posted gains, while equity benchmarks including Japan's Nikkei stock average rose.
"We need to brace ourselves for further volatility," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney, as noted in the report.
"We are seeing a bit of a recovery now with maybe some short positions being unwound. It is certainly going to be a wild ride for investors and traders going into the June 23 decision," he said.