NEW YORK (Reuters) By Laura Sanicola – Oil prices settled lower on Monday, retreating from a session peak above $70 a barrel after attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia lifted prices that high for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Yemen’s Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of the Saudi oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports. Riyadh said there were no casualties or loss of property. “The situation evaporated when it became obvious that there was no damage to the largest oil facility in the world,” said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho. Brent climbed as high as $71.38 a barrel in early Asian trade, its highest since Jan. 8, 2020. It settled down $1.12 or 1.6% at $68.24. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled down $1.04 or 1.6% at $65.05. The session high was $67.98 a barrel, its highest since October 2018. Brent and WTI prices have climbed for four consecutive sessions. The United States expressed alarm at “genuine security threats” to Saudi Arabia and said it would look at improving support for Saudi defences. “The activity is worthy of… continue reading
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