Oil sinks as the US rig count hits its highest level since March 2015
- US drillers added 10 rigs this week, bringing the total count to its highest level since 2015.
- West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell more than 1% on Friday.
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Crude prices fell Friday afternoon as the US added oil rigs for the sixth week in a row, bringing the total count to its highest level since March 2015.Baker Hughes data showed, bringing the total count to 844. US drillers have been ramping up production as crude prices surge and OPEC supply concerns mount.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The move could put hundreds of thousands of barrels at risk as the US reimposes hefty sanctions on the third-largest OPEC producer and tensions in the Middle East soar.
On top of that, Venezuelan output has been on a steady decline as an economic crisis in the country deepens.
WTI is up 49.20% over the year.
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