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Oil climbed in New York, heading for the biggest weekly gain this year, as signs of an improving U.S. economy and progress on a bailout for Greece bolstered the outlook for fuel demand. Brent touched an eight-month high.
West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.2 percent today and is up 4.3 percent this week. The index of U.S. leading indicators rose in January for a fourth month. European governments may cut interest rates on emergency loans to Greece and use European Central Bank funds to plug a financing gap, two people familiar with discussions said.
Oil for March delivery rose to $103.57, the highest level since Jan. 5. Futures are headed for the biggest weekly gain since Dec. 23.
Brent oil for April settlement dropped 74 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $119.37 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract touched $120.70, the highest level since June 15.
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