Oil dropped sharply from near $120 a barrel


Oil dropped sharply from two and half year highs, near $120 a barrel on Thursday, following Saudi Arabia’s assurance it could fill any Libyan supply shortfalls.

Oil markets had earlier eased on news top OPEC exporter Saudi Arabia was in talks with European refiners affected by the disruption. Traders have been on edge on concerns the unrest sweeping across Northern Africa could spread to other oil-producing countries.

Brent crude hit a high of $119.79 early, dropped down to $110.51 in late trade. At 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT), Brent traded up 23 cents to $111.48 a barrel.

U.S. crude settled down 82 cents at $97.28 a barrel, after touching $103.41, the highest since September 2008.


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