February 15, 2011 / 1:36 PM / in 7 years

NYMEX-Crude higher on Middle East turmoil, China

 * China's inflation lower than forecast in January
 * Middle East protests fuel supply disruption fear
 * Coming up: API oil data at 4:30 p.m. EST Tuesday
 NEW YORK, Feb 15 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures prices rose on
Tuesday on lower-than-expected Chinese inflation figures and by unrest in
Bahrain and Iran that kept concerns about potential supply disruptions in
 Chinese inflation was lower than  forecast at 4.9 percent in the year
to January, but price pressures continued to build and will force the
central bank to  stick to its course of gradual monetary tightening.
 Ahead of weekly inventory reports, a Reuters poll of analysts on Monday
forecast that U.S. crude inventories rose 2.6 million barrels last week,
with expectations that crude stocks at Cushing rose to another record
level. [EIA/S]
 Distillate stocks were forecast down 1.0 million barrels while gasoline
stocks were expected to show a 1.5 million barrel increase.
 * On the New York Mercantile Exchange, March crude CLH1 rose 74
cents, or 0.9 percent, to $85.55 a barrel at 8:22 a.m. EST (1322 GMT),
trading from $84.78 to $85.67.
 * Police in Bahrain used tear gas to break up the funeral procession of
a Shi'ite protester killed in clashes on an anti-government "Day of Rage,"
witnesses said, and another person was reported to have died.
 * Iranian lawmakers urged judiciary to hand out death penalties to
opposition leaders for fomenting unrest after a rally in which one person
was killed and dozens were wounded, state media said. [ID:nHAF530028]
 * Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators and government loyalists
fought with rocks and batons in the Yemeni capital in political unrest
fueled by the Egyptian uprising. [ID:nLDE71E0SH]
 * Egypt's new military rulers said they hoped to hand power over to an
elected civilian leadership within six months and insisted they had no
desire to keep control following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
 * Saudi Aramco will start storing crude oil in Japan this month as
scheduled, with the first ship carrying about 1.9 million barrels of crude
set to arrive on Feb. 23, state-run Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp
said. [ID:nTOE71E05U]
 * Daily crude oil output from nine of the main North Sea streams will
rise by 1 percent in March, according to data compiled by Reuters.
 * The euro edged up versus the dollar on demand from the Middle East
and Asia, but it remained vulnerable on scepticism over whether euro zone
leaders will agree a solution to the region's debt crisis. The dollar eased
against a basket of currencies .DXY. [USD/]
 * World stocks held firm as Chinese inflation data eased worries that
global No. 2 economy would have to tighten monetary policy. [MKTS/GLOB]
 * Gold gained on the back of a weaker dollar. [GOL/]
 * Commerce Department issues January retail sales. 8:30 a.m. EST (1330
 * Labor Department releases import-export prices for January. 8:30 a.m.
EST (1330 GMT)
 * Treasury Department issues net capital inflows and foreign Treasury
purchases for December. 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT)
 * Commerce releases business inventories for December. 10 a.m. EST
(1500 GMT)
 * American Petroleum Institute oil inventory data at 4:30 p.m. EST
(2130 GMT) on Tuesday.
 * U.S. Energy Information Administration oil inventory data at 10:30
a.m. EST (1530 GMT) on Wednesday.
8:22     LAST     NET    PCT     LOW    HIGH  CURRENT  DAY AGO
              CHNG   CHNG                      VOL      VOL
CLc1    85.55    0.74   0.9%   84.78   85.58   23,921  383,391
CLc2    89.27    0.54   0.6%   88.70   89.29   20,032  248,656
LCOc1  103.34    0.27   0.3%  103.08  104.04   52,172  191,735
RBc1   2.5212  0.0038   0.2%  2.5161  2.5342      695   37,441
RBc2   2.6629  0.0052   0.2%  2.6593  2.6740    1,115   30,652
HOc1   2.7508  0.0005   0.0%  2.7438  2.7694    2,530   51,866
HOc2   2.7559  0.0008   0.0%  2.7502  2.7735    2,068   29,353
 * NYMEX crude oil for March CLc1 rose 74 cents to $85.55 a barrel by
8:22 a.m. in volume of 23,921 lots.
 (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by John Picinich)

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