* Nigerian militants claim attack on pipeline
* U.S. jobless claims post unexpected rise last week
NEW YORK, June 25 U.S. crude oil futures rose
on Wednesday as another attack on Nigeria's infrastructure
offset the dampening effect of news that jobless claims rose
"Even though the geopolitical component is considerably
less influential than last year, Nigeria's MEND (Movement for
the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) rebels have escalated
their activities recently and are certainly a supportive
influence," Mike Fitzpatrick, vice president at MF Global in
New York, said in a research note.
Nigeria's main militant group said its fighters sabotaged
an oil pipeline junction point on Thursday, the latest in a
string of attacks. [ID:nLP466226]
Attacks have forced foreign oil companies, including
Chevron (CVX.N) and Italy's Agip (ENI.MI), to shut at least
133,000 barrels per day of oil production in the past month.
The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless
benefits unexpectedly rose last week and the number staying on
the rolls after collecting an initial week of aid also edged
higher, government data showed on Thursday. [ID:nN25258015]
The U.S. economy shrank slightly less in the first quarter
than previously thought, the government reported, though
activity was weak and demand was soft. [ID:nN25258161]
Gross domestic product fell at a 5.5 percent annual rate in
the first quarter.
The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies when the
jobless claims data lessened risk appetite and as investors
continued to digest the Federal Reserve's statement released a
day earlier. [USD/]
* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, at 10:11 a.m EDT
(1411 GMT), August crude CLQ9 was up 84 cents, or 1.22
percent, at $69.51 a barrel, trading from $68.11 to $69.75.
* In London, August Brent crude LCOQ9 rose 81 cents, or
1.19 percent, to $69.14 a barrel, trading from $68.05 to
* NYMEX July RBOB RBN9 rose 4.10 cents, or 2.23 percent,
to $1.8835 a gallon, trading from $1.84 to $1.8875.
* NYMEX July heating oil HON9 rose 3.81 cents, or 2.19
percent, to $1.7762 a gallon, trading from $1.7336 to $1.7838.
* July products contracts expire next Tuesday.
* The August/August RBOB crack spread <0#RB-CL=R> was at
$9.81, after ending at $9.03 on Wednesday. The August/August
heating oil crack spread <0#CL-HO=R> was at $7.09, after ending
at $6.20 on Wednesday.
* The spread between the current front month and the
five-year forward crude contract CLc61 was at $14.33, based
on the August 2014 contract Wednesday settlement at $83.84. The
spread ended on Wednesday at $15.17.
NYMEX crude 10-day/20-day moving average: $69.90/$69.39
NYMEX crude: $66.75/$69.40
NYMEX heating oil: $1.6856/$1.7694
NYMEX RBOB: $1.82/$1.87
For a report on technicals click [ID:nLP004404]
* Japan has concluded a basic agreement with the United
Arab Emirates to start receiving oil from Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co to help stock up its oil reserves. The joint project
with ADNOC is expected to start this fall. [ID:nLP908289]
* The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday
that crude supplies fell 3.8 million barrels last week.
Gasoline supplies rose 3.9 million barrels and distillate
supplies rose 2.1 million barrels. [EIA/S]
(Reporting by Robert Gibbons; editing by Jim Marshall)