Oil extends gains
Oil prices extended gains on concerns that another storm could disrupt supply in Texas while the U.S. industry struggles to return to production after Hurricane Ira, Reuters reported.
Brent crude rose 0.2% to $73.66 a barrel, while U.S. Texas Intermediate surged 0.3% to $70.68 a barrel, continuing their gains from the previous day.
“Concerns over Nicholas prompted buying as it is likely to hit the area devastated by Ida though the force is not expected to be as strong as Ida,” Hiroyuki Kikukawa, general manager of research at Nissan securities told Reuters.
Asia shares mixed
Asian shares were mixed while Dollar was steady as investors await U.S. inflation data for update on whether Federal reserve will taper stimulus, Reuters reported.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.13%, and Chinese blue chips fell 0.2%. Australia’a S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.31% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also fell in the negative territory.