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    Oil Hits 2016 High, Driven By Falling Supply And Weaker Dollar

    Oil prices hit their highest in eight months on Tuesday, buoyed by the dollar nearing one-month lows and by falling Nigerian oil output after a spate of attacks on infrastructure.

    Brent crude futures LCOc1 were up 36 cents on the day at $50.91 a barrel by 1339 GMT, having hit an intraday peak of $51.30 earlier in the day, their highest since October.

    U.S. crude oil futures CLc1 gained 32 cents to trade at $50.01 a barrel, having touched a fresh 2016 peak of $50.37, their highest since October last year.

    The price of oil has nearly doubled since January, when it hit its lowest since late 2003, boosted largely by a spate of unplanned outages that have eroded production in Canada, Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria, along with a steady decline in higher-cost U.S. shale output.

    Yet analysts say the rally may entice some shale production back online, potentially damaging the prospects for a more sustained price rise.

    Reuters
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