Oil prices jump three per cent as new variant concerns ease
by SOURAV D | VIEW 1745
On Monday, both US and UK crude oil futures’ prices had skyrocketed more than 3 per cent, mostly driven by optimism that a much-debated Omicron variant would have limited impacts on global economy next year, as investors appeared to have joined a Santa rally followed by a holiday-thinned week. In point of fact, later last week, a study from S. African physicians had unveiled that the newly identified pandemic variant would unlikely to cause hospitalization in most cases, while in a high-risk demographics, chances of hospitalization requirement in Omicron-infected patients are 70 per cent lower than those of other variants such as delta. Apart from that, a US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for first in-house pandemic Rx from Pfizer Inc had ramped up investors’ morale further. Nonetheless, a spike in pandemic cases across the resource-rich Gulf, which could lead to a drawdown in crude oil output in Opec+ nations, added a bullish breeze in the day’s commodity market.
Oil climbs over 3 per cent as Omicron disquiets ease
Citing statistics, in the day’s global commodity market wind-down, UK crude settled 3.4 per cent higher to $78.69 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil contracts gained 2.5 per cent to $75.64 per barrel.
Meanwhile, addressing to a relatively milder impact of Omicron variant on infected demographics, an analyst at Singapore-based DailyFX, Leona Liu said, “Though Omicron is spreading faster than any COVID-19 variant yet, a relatively relieving news is that most people infected with Omicron are showing mild symptoms, at least so far”.