SEOUL, Feb 13 – U.S. crude futures held above $51 a barrel on Friday, after it jumped on the previous session as news of deeper industry spending cuts and a sinking U.S. dollar revived buying.
- U.S. March crude futures dipped a cent at $51.20 a barrel as of 0027 GMT. It rose $2.37 or 4.85 percent to settle at $51.21 on Thursday.
- Expiring March Brent futures rose $2.39, or 4.37 percent to settle at $57.05 a barrel on the previous session.
- French energy company Total will cut investment and jobs this year and accelerate its asset sales program after taking a $6.5 billion writedown in the fourth quarter because of weak oil prices.
- Apache Corp, one of the top U.S. shale oil producers, said on Thursday it would slash capital expenditures and its rig count in 2015, in response to the collapse of crude oil prices.
- The head of Royal Dutch Shell expects global oil supplies to fall behind demand growth as the recent halving of crude prices forces companies to cut production. And expected oil prices to remain volatile in 2015 as the market struggles to find a balance.
- Oil volatility has jumped to the highest level since the financial crisis, jolting traders who had been adjusting to a period of predictable declines following a near 60 percent crude crash between June and January. Since the start of February, trading volumes have almost doubled as prices have risen – and fallen – by as much as 9 percent in a single session.
- Major U.S. and European equity indices rallied to multiyear or record highs on Thursday after a cease-fire between Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, and surprisingly aggressive stimulus by Sweden’s central bank, cheered global markets. The euro inched up 0.66 percent to $1.1406. Against the yen, the dollar fell 1.22 percent to 118.98.
* The following data is expected on Friday: (Time in GMT)
0700 Germany GDP Q4
0700 Germany Wholesale price index Jan
0900 Italy GDP Q4
1000 Euro zone GDP Q4
1000 Euro zone Eurostat trade Dec
1330 U.S. Import prices Jan
1330 U.S. Export prices Jan
1500 U.S. Univ of Michigan sentiment index Feb
(Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Michael Perry)
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