Oil prices rose today, Wednesday, in light of the continuing blackouts in the United States and the weakness of the dollar, but a sudden increase in US crude stocks last week limited the gains.
Brent crude futures rose 0.8 percent to $ 65.89 a barrel, by 11:09 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 0.6 percent to $ 62.04 a barrel.
The American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday that crude inventories increased 1 million barrels in the week ending February 19, compared with estimates of a decrease of 5.2 million barrels.
“This morning we have seen oil swing between profits and losses, but it has been strengthened recently due to the weakening of the US dollar,” said Kevin Solomon, an analyst at Stone X.
The dollar index traded against a basket of six major currencies near its lowest level in six weeks on Wednesday.