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Oil (Brent)

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Latest Price Oil (Brent) in USD per Barrel

Realtime Quote
55.47 USD -0.21 USD -0.38 %
Trade Time 06:00 PM
01/17/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
Trade Date 01/17/2017
01/17/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
Open 55.74 Prev. Close 55.68
Daily Low 55.40 Daily High 56.95
52-week Low 27.10 52-week High 58.37

Oil (Brent) in USD - Historical Prices

Date Closing Price Open Daily High Daily Low
01/15/2017
01/15/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
55.86 55.64 55.92 55.19
01/12/2017
01/12/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
55.45 56.00 56.21 55.28
01/11/2017
01/11/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
56.01 55.19 56.43 55.01
01/10/2017
01/10/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
55.10 53.80 55.67 53.70
01/09/2017
01/09/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
53.64 54.95 55.36 53.58
01/08/2017
01/08/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
54.94 56.81 57.00 54.74
01/05/2017
01/05/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
57.10 56.88 57.47 56.28
01/04/2017
01/04/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
56.89 56.35 57.35 56.01
01/03/2017
01/03/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
56.46 55.73 56.55 55.33
01/02/2017
01/02/2017 06:00:00 PM UTC-0500
55.47 57.05 58.37 55.30

Oil Price (Brent Crude and WTI)

The price of oil is the most important value on international commodity markets since crude oil is the most important commodity. Emerging industrial markets such as China, India and Latin America greatly influence the price of oil, since they require more and more oil to support their economic growth and resulting rise in energy consumption. The supply of crude oil is limited, however, and cannot be increased further, since it has become increasingly difficult to find and develop new oil reserves in recent years. As a result, the price of oil has a strong influence on international economic development, since it is urgently needed in all industrialized countries when supplies are limited.

Crude oil is by far the world’s most important energy source and the price of oil therefore plays an important role in industrial and economic development. There are different types of crude oil. The most important type of crude oil used in Europe is Brent Crude, named after the North Sea oilfield where it is extracted. Brent Crude is a particularly light crude oil which is carried from the North Sea to the Sullom Voe Terminal on Mainland, Shetland by an underwater pipeline. From there, the crude oil is transported by tanker.

Besides its primary role as the most important energy source, crude oil is also an essential raw material for manufacturing plastics. Crude oil is also used in cosmetics and medicines. Because the supply of crude oil is limited but demand is constantly growing, the price of oil is also continuously rising. Because crude oil is needed to manufacture other primary materials, it is the world’s most important commodity. The US investment bank Goldman Sachs estimates the proportion of crude oil used for primary materials production to be 45 percent.

Because the crude oil industry has developed hardly at all in recent years due to a lack of investment capital for discovery, extraction and further processing, global production can barely meet the high demand for crude oil from countries such as the USA, China or India. In December 2005 the global demand for crude oil was 83.3 million barrels per day according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and will rise further.

On an international level there are a number of different types of crude oil, each of which have different properties and prices. The different types of crude oil come from regions as diverse as Alaska North Lope, Arab Light or Zueitina in Libya. For the purposes of trading on futures exchanges in London or New York, however, reference oils are used. These are standardized products used to determine the prices for all other types. The reference oil traded most frequently and of major significance for the USA is West Texas Intermediate (WTI), while the most important in Asia is Dubai Fateh. Other reference oil types include Leona, Tijuana, Alaska North Slope, Zueitina or Urals.

The most important trading venue for European Brent Crude Oil is the International Petroleum Exchange in London.

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