Crude oil futures up 0.38% on positive Asian cues

NEW DELHI, June 22: Crude oil was trading higher 0.38 per cent to Rs 4,513 per barrel in futures market today as

Speculators created fresh bets, taking positive cues from Asian markets.

At Multi Commodity Exchange, crude oil for delivery in July rose by Rs 17 or 0.38 per cent to Rs 4,513 per barrel in a business turnover of 1,412 lots.

Likewise, the oil for delivery in far-month August traded higher by Rs 6 or 0.13 per cent to Rs 4,489 per barrel in 118 lots.

Analysts said speculators built fresh positions after oil prices rose in Asia, pushed up by uncertainty over whether OPEC would manage to agree a production increase at a meeting in Vienna later in the day. This mainly led to rise in crude oil prices in futures trade here.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a producer cartel de-facto led by top exporter Saudi Arabia, is meeting together with some non-OPEC members including top producer Russia at its headquarters in the Austrian capital to discuss output policy.

Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate gained 1.36 per cent to USD 66.43 while Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil prices, rose 1.25 per cent to USD 73.96 per barrel. (PTI)