Brent hits $70 on demand prospects
Oil prices rose on Tuesday, with Brent topping $70 and trading at its highest since March, as optimism grew over the fuel demand outlook during the summer driving season of the United States, the world's top oil consumer.
Brent crude futures for August gained 94 cents, or 1.4%, to $70.26 a barrel by 0610 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for July was at $67.66 a barrel, up $1.34, or 2% from Friday's close, with no settlement price for Monday due to a U.S. public holiday, Reuters reported.
Brent earlier hit a session-peak of $70.34, the highest intra-day price since March 8.
The price gains were capped, though, as more output is expected to hit the market.
OPEC+ decided in April to return 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of supply to the market from May to July, as it anticipated global demand would rise despite surging coronavirus cases in India, the world's third-largest oil consumer.