* Cold weather forecasts lift heating oil, crude futures
* Russia's energy transit disputes concern EU end users
NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures rose on Monday on cold weather that sent heating oil futures higher and on momentum from continued optimism about economic recovery.
Concerns about unrest in Iran and the dispute between Russia and Ukraine over transit fees for crude oil going to Europe also were supportive, sources said.
"The market continues to climb on bullish momentum. Cold weather, economic optimism, Russian/Ukraine concerns, possible further draws in this week's inventory reports, all are in the mix," said Tom Bentz, analyst at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures Inc.
Private forecaster DTN Meteorlogix said a seasonal weather pattern will be in place, with polar air dominant across most of the United States during the next week. [ID:nDTN699]
Crude oil and distillate inventories were expected to have fallen last week, according to a preliminary Reuters survey of analysts on Monday. [EIA/S]
Gasoline stocks were expected to be up along with a slight rise in refinery utilization.
Global stocks rose on Monday, but U.S. equities, after being lifted early by increased retail sales during the key holiday season, faltered as airline stocks were weighed by security concerns. [.N]
* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, February crude CLG0 rose 72 cents, or 0.92 percent to settle at $78.77 a barrel, trading from $77.76 to $79.12, highest intraday price since $79.92 was reached on Nov. 23.
* In London, February Brent crude LCOG0 rose $1.01 to settle at $77.32 a barrel, trading from $76.20 to $77.42.
* NYMEX January RBOB RBF0 rose 2.88 cents, or 1.45 percent, to settle at $2.0184 a gallon, trading from $1.9864 to $2.0285.
* NYMEX January heating oil HOF0 rose 3.79 cents, 1.86 percent, to settle at $2.0735 a gallon, trading $2.0389 to $2.0820.
* January refined products contracts expire on Dec. 31.
* The February/February RBOB crack spread <0#RB-CL=R> ended at $6.79 after ending at $6.40 on Thursday. The February/February heating oil crack spread <0#CL-HO=R> ended at $9.14 after ending at $8.31 on Thursday.
* The spread between the current front month and the five-year forward crude contract CLc61 was at $13.48, based on the February 2015 contract Monday settlement at $92.25. The spread ended Thursday at $14.
* Russia said on Monday it had agreed terms for a new oil transit deal with Ukraine a few hours after spooking Europe with a warning the continent could face oil supply cuts because of a dispute between Moscow and Kiev. [ID:nLDE5BR0RM]
* Iran arrested at least 10 leading opposition figures on Monday, a day after eight people were killed in anti-government protests, according to an opposition website. [ID:nDAH818871]
* Chinese industrial profit nationwide rose 7.8 percent in the first 11 months from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. [ID:nTOE5BR03E]
* The dollar rose against the yen but slipped against some major currencies in holiday-thinned trading. [USD/]
* The United Arab Emirates deepened curbs on some crude supplies to Asia for February. [ID:nTOE5BR06Y]
* Japan Energy Corp, the nation's sixth-biggest refiner, said it planned to refine 5 percent more crude oil in January-March from a year earlier. [ID:nTOE5BR02C]
* For a list of recent U.S. refinery and unit shutdowns and restarts, click [REF/US]. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by David Gregorio)