* Shipping through Suez unaffected, ports operational
* Libya's main export terminal halted, adding to outages
* North Sea Forties exports to fall in August
* U.S. nonfarm payrolls rise more than expected in June
(Updates prices to settlement)
By Jeanine Prezioso
NEW YORK, July 5 Oil prices jumped nearly $2 a
barrel on Friday to notch their biggest weekly gain in a year,
boosted by concerns over rising tensions in Egypt and
better-than-expected U.S. economic data.
Prompt U.S. oil prices initially lagged gains but rallied
later in the day, extending this week's abrupt gains in spreads
on speculation that U.S. Midwest oil supplies are poised to
tighten. The September versus October U.S. West Texas
Intermediate spread CLU3-V3 rose 26 cents to close at a
contract high of $1.31 a barrel.
Oil investors focused on signs of renewed geopolitical risk
in Egypt. Fighting broke out in Cairo after the Muslim
Brotherhood movement called for a "Friday of Rage" to protest
the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi. News of protests near the
Suez Canal added to the alarm for oil traders.
U.S. crude oil prices extended their string of 14-month
highs. Front-month U.S. crude oil futures settled $1.98
per barrel higher, or 1.96 percent, at $103.22, after touching a
high of $103.32. Trading volume was thin due to the Independence
Day holiday on July 4.
U.S. oil gained 6.7 percent for the week, the largest weekly
percentage gain since October 2011.
Brent crude oil for August delivery traded at a
three-month high and ended $2.18 per barrel higher, or up 2.07
percent, at $107.72 after hitting a high of $107.88.
Brent gained more than 5 percent on the week and showed its
highest weekly percentage rise since last June.
Oil prices vacillated earlier in the day after data showed
that U.S. employers added 195,000 new jobs to their payrolls
last month, more than expected.
The U.S. dollar index surged 1.5 percent while gold
and copper fell nearly 3 percent after the data was seen drawing
Federal Reserve closer to scaling back its massive monetary
stimulus later this year, which would sap liquidity and drag on
But for oil markets, the potential upside from increased
economic activity outweighed risks from the rising dollar and
possible policy tightening, said Matt Smith, commodity analyst
at Schneider Electric in Louisville, Kentucky.
SUPPLY TIGHTENS, MIDEAST TENSIONS WEIGH
Crude oil extended gains late afternoon after the leader of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, told a protest rally
that ousted president Mohamed Mursi must be reinstated following
his removal by the army - "otherwise its our lives".
"There's enough bullish interest in owning oil that these
kinds of headlines will continue to draw fresh bullish
positions," said Addison Armstrong, director of market research
at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.
The Egyptian military took control of the nation on
Wednesday, overthrowing Egypt's first freely elected president
in what his Islamist supporters are calling a military coup.
Supporters of the deposed leader demonstrated in cities across
the country on Friday.
So far, ports and shipping through the Suez Canal have been
operating normally, two shipping sources and a canal official
Other factors are also tightening European oil supplies.
Maintenance on the North Sea Forties crude oil field in August
will reduce the amount of benchmark oil that underpins the Brent
Libya's largest export terminal was shut late on Thursday.
Port guards locked the gate over salary complaints, preventing
workers from continuing operations.
The closely watched spread between global benchmark Brent
crude oil and U.S. West Texas Intermediate CL-LCO1=R had
widened to $5.17 per barrel and settled at $4.50.
Brent's premium to WTI crude at one point on Wednesday
narrowed to $3.09, the weakest since December 2010, after U.S.
government data showed a 10 million barrel drop in stockpiles.
(Reporting by Jeanine Prezioso; Additional reporting by Julia
Payne in London and Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by Andrea
Ricci, Peter Galloway and David Gregorio)