Oil Prices Rise on Uncertainty Over OPEC+ Cuts and Middle East Tensions

LONDON—Oil prices jumped by nearly 1 percent on Tuesday, lifted by uncertainty over voluntary output cuts by the OPEC+ group of producers, tensions in the Middle East, and some encouraging economic signals in Europe.

Brent crude futures rose 63 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $78.66 a barrel by 0946 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up 66 cents, or 0.9 percent, at $73.19.

Comments by Saudi Arabia's energy minister that OPEC+ production cuts could continue past the first quarter of 2024 lent some price support, said OANDA analyst Kelvin Wong.

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