Oil Jumps Sharply on U.S. Tariff Delay

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By Barani Krishnan

Investing.com – jumped more than 4%, extending the rally for a fourth-straight day despite a weak start on Tuesday as the Trump Administration’s decision to delay additional tariffs on some Chinese imports led to widespread hope that the trade war between the two countries was on the mend.

-traded jumped 2.37, or 4.3%, at $57.30 per barrel by 11:50 AM ET (15:50 GMT) after falling as much as 1.3% earlier in the session.

-traded , the benchmark for outside of the U.S., returned above the key $60 per barrel mark. Brent rose $2.80, or 4.8%, to $61.37, after declining as much as 1% at the session lows.

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The U.S. Trade Representative on Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and some other products made in that had been scheduled to start next month, an abrupt pullback from a hardline stance on Chinese trade.

Tuesday’s decision came after China’s Ministry of Commerce said Vice Premier Liu He conducted a phone call with U.S. trade officials.

President Donald Trump said on Aug. 1 he would impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods by Sept 1 after blaming China for not following through on promises to buy more American agricultural products.

Later in the session, attention will shift to weekly oil inventory data from the (API).

The API will provide as snapshot of what the was likely to report on Wednesday for crude, and distillate inventories for the week ended Aug 9. Last week the EIA said crude inventories rose by 2.4 million barrels, putting an end to seven-consecutive weeks of draws.

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