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London — Oil prices hit $120 a barrel on Monday after Saudi Arabia raised crude prices for July and amid doubts that an increased Opec+ monthly output target will help ease tight supply.

Brent crude firmed 32c, or 0.3%, to $120.04 a barrel at 8.58am GMT after touching an intraday high of $121.95.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 40c, or 0.3%, at $119.27 a barrel after hitting a three-month high of $120.99.

Saudi Arabia raised the July official selling price for its flagship Arab light crude to Asia by $2.10 from June to a $6.50 premium, the highest since May, when prices hit all-time highs due to worries of disruption in supplies from Russia.

The price increase followed a decision last week by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, together called Opec+, to boost output for July and August by 648,000 barrels per day, or 50% more than previously planned.

The increased target was spread across all the oil cartel’s members, however, many of which have little room to increase output and which include Russia, which faces Western sanctions.

“With only a handful of... Opec+ participants with spare capacity, we expect the increase inOpec+ output to be about 160,000 barrels per day in July and 170,000 bpd in August,” JPMorgan analysts said in a note.

On Monday, Citibank and Barclays raised their price forecasts for 2022 and 2023, saying they expected Russian output and exports to fall by about 1-1.5-million bpd by end-2022.

Separately, Italy’s Eni and Spain’s Repsol could begin shipping small volumes of Venezuelan oil to Europe as soon as next month, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Reuters

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