The FTSE 100 Index eked out a gain of 8.21 points, or 0.13%, to 6,269.73 today, as traders continued to show caution despite recent progress towards a vaccine for Covid-19.
The FTSE 100 Index failed to hold on to Monday’s gains today, despite a rally for stocks on Wall Street overnight.
Oil headed for its first back-to-back weekly gain since February as output cuts from the biggest producers and a nascent recovery in demand began to rebalance a market awash with crude.
The FTSE 100 Index edged up a further 822.22 points, or 1.4%, to 5,935.98 today.
Brent crude oil was down about 6.5% at $28.96 per barrel at the London market close despite spending much of today on the advance.
Brent Crude’s rebound yesterday brought it up beyond $30, but the figure is still too low to make an impact for the UK North Sea.
The price of a barrel of Brent crude surged above $30 on Tuesday amid growing hopes that global demand for oil is rising again.
Oil was headed for the longest run of daily gains in more than nine months on signs the worst of the supply glut may be over as production cuts start to take effect.
The FTSE 100 started the week slightly in negative territory but oil prices were up amid hopes new production cuts can reduce a massive global oversupply.
Brent crude oil was up by nearly 8% to $26.16 per barrel by the London market close today.
Brent crude oil was up by 7.3% at $24.4 per barrel, as of 6pm.
Share price growth for oil majors BP and Shell boosted the FTSE 100 yesterday, with London’s blue-chip index rising 111.1 points, or more than 1.9%, to 5,958.5.
Energy giant BP fell to a £3.6billion pre-tax loss in the first quarter of 2020 as the coronavirus and oil price slump made its impact on the business.
European markets started the week in positive territory, with all the leading financial indices enjoying gains yesterday.
Brent crude had edged up just over 1% to $21.55 a barrel by the London market close today, making it three days of gains on the trot in a historic week for oil prices.
Cutting costs has added years to the life of Serica Energy’s Bruce platform, but other operators may need to "hasten" the end of some North Sea assets according to CEO Mitch Flegg.
The price of Brent crude has continued to recover today after the oil price rout of earlier this week.
Offshore platforms in the UK North Sea “face the risk of production shut-ins” due to oil storage constraints, according to leading analysts.
Oil extended its recovery from Monday’s plunge below zero but remained under intense pressure from a swelling global supply glut.
Oil in London tumbled to the lowest in almost 21 years as the global benchmark was sucked into the rout that sent U.S. futures below zero for the first time ever this week.
A leading petroleum economist has said it would “require something cataclysmic” for the international oil benchmark to follow that of the US into negative pricing.
The prime minister and first minister have both been urged to announce cash to bolster the north-east energy industry.
Oil rebounded in Asian trading, after plunging below zero for the first time in history amid rapidly filling American storage tanks, as the U.S. benchmark’s May contract entered its final trading session.
The day started like any other gloomy Monday in the oil market’s worst crisis in a generation. It ended with prices falling below zero, thrusting markets into a parallel universe where traders were willing to pay $40 a barrel just to get somebody to take crude off their hands.
The world’s two leading oil price benchmarks suffered contrasting fortunes today amid ongoing supply and demand fears.