Coronaviru: Oil Prices Jump To Almost 4%

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Oil prices jumped almost four percent in Asian afternoon trade Friday, reversing earlier losses sparked by the Saudi-Russia price war and fears about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

West Texas Intermediate was up 3.9 percent at nearly $33 a barrel while Brent crude rose 3.7 percent to more than $34 a barrel after the US military launched airstrikes in crude-rich Iraq. Both contracts had fallen more than two percent in early trade.

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