SINGAPORE, May 9, 2008 (AFP) – Crude oil traded near new all-time highs above 124 dollars on Friday after the OPEC cartel insisted the market is well-supplied and being driven by speculators.
New York’s main oil futures contract, light sweet crude for June delivery, rose 61 cents to 124.30 dollars a barrel in Asian trade after closing at a record 123.69 dollars on Thursday at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
In after-hours deals, the New York futures contract soared to an all-time high of 124.57 dollars.
Brent North Sea crude for June delivery was 64 cents higher at 123.48 dollars a barrel.
In London on Thursday the contract crossed 123 dollars for the first time and jumped to a new intraday peak of 123.87 dollars before settling at a record 122.84 dollars.
OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri said on Thursday that there was no shortage of crude oil, brushing aside US calls for higher output to dampen runaway prices.
(AFP & Zawya)