🌍 Oil Prices Surge Due to Middle East Tensions 🔥 The Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalation has raised concerns about potential oil supply disruptions in the Middle East.
📈 Global Market Reactions 🚀 Global oil prices jumped sharply due to fears that the conflict might affect other Middle Eastern countries.
- Brent crude rose nearly 3% to $92.50 per barrel.
- US West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) increased over 3% to $89.27 a barrel.
🏥 A missile strike on a Gaza City hospital resulted in numerous civilian casualties, intensifying global concerns. The incident's blame is disputed between both parties.
📊 Other Influencing Factors 📉 US crude stocks saw a significant drop of 4.4 million barrels in the week ending October 13, surpassing the expected 300,000 barrel decrease.
🇨🇳 The Chinese economy's faster-than-anticipated growth in Q3, combined with new policy measures, is predicted to support a potential recovery. This growth will likely increase demand from the world's second-largest economy.
🏭 Chinese oil refinery activity in September reached an all-time daily high, a 12% increase from the previous year, due to heightened demand during the Golden Week holiday and a resurgence in manufacturing activity.