This picture shows a view of a refinery at the Jubail Industrial City, about 95 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. (Credits: GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)O
il prices rose Thursday despite an agreement by major crude producers to boost output more than expected, while US stocks rallied ahead of closely-watched employment data seen as a key input to the inflation debate.In Vienna, the OPEC+ group decided to add 648,000 barrels per day to the market in July, up from the 432,000 bpd increases in recent months, and a shift from the cartel's recent stance of sticking to a planned pace of monthly production hikes.
"The meeting highlighted the importance of stable and balanced markets for both crude oil and refined products," the group said of the move.
But the action by producers did not appear to be enough to calm oil markets, with futures contracts rising more than one percent.
The jump in prices reflects "doubts the cartel members can deliver on their promises," TD Securities' Bart Melek said in a note.
He who warned that oil prices could spike "well above" $120 a barrel in the peak summer period amid tight inventories, geopolitical risk and uncertainty over OPEC
Meanwhile, Wall Street
stocks pushed higher after two down sessions in which worries over inflation stymied buying.
Payroll services firm ADP said private US employment rose by 128,000 positions last month, far less than economists expected and well below April's total.
While the ADP data is not necessarily a harbinger of Friday's government jobs data, some market watchers think a Labor Department report showing weakening hiring and less wage pressure might be welcomed by investors.
"Some traders expect to see cooler labor demand, which could slightly ease some inflation worries," Oanda's Edward Moya said.
European shares also closed higher, with Paris
leading the way at 1.3 percent and Frankfurt rising 1.0 percent. London's FTSE 100 was shut for a holiday.
Equities fell in Asia
as traders grow increasingly worried that central bank moves to rein in inflation could tip economies into recession.
Hong Kong shed one percent, while Tokyo
, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Manila, Jakarta and Taipei were well down. Shanghai
and Mumbai edged up.
Large tech companies had a banner session on Wall Street, with Amazon
-parent Alphabet each winning 3.2 percent, while Netflix jumped 6.3 percent.
fell short of those levels but still gained 0.8 percent, despite lowering its profit and sales outlook due to the hit from the strong dollar.
was another standout, jumping 7.5 percent after the head of Delta Air Lines said the carrier was hoping for a deal to buy planes from the aviation giant.
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