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Oil prices gain as dollar declines


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Oil prices jumped on Tuesday as dollar declines aiding commodities and crude inventories dropped in the United States. 

Brent crude futures for June delivery had risen by 66 cents, or 1%, to $67.71 a barrel as at 06:42 GMT while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for May delivery were up 70 cents, or 1.1%, at $64.08 barrel.

The decline in the dollar has made oil more affordable for holders of other currencies.

In a note, ING Economics said, "US dollar weakness continues to offer support to the commodities complex ... despite concerns over oil demand in certain regions."


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The disruption could cut Libya's oil output by 280,000 barrels per day (bpd), knocking production below 1 million bpd for the first time since October, ING said.

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