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Biden poised for record release of emergency oil supplies

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US President Joe Biden is poised to make a dramatic intervention in power markets as he seems to maintain a lid on surging gas costs.

His administration is alleged to be contemplating the most important ever release from emergency reserves. It would see round one million barrels launched daily for a number of months, with the full reaching as a lot as 180m barrels.

At the identical time, there is a diplomatic push to encourage a coordinated world release by IEA members states.

Oil costs have held above $100 a barrel as Russia’s battle in Ukraine rattles markets and merchants boycott Moscow. Benchmark Brent crude fell 4pc to $109 following experiences of the release.

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What occurred in a single day 

Asian stock markets sank Thursday after Chinese manufacturing weakened and Russian shelling round Ukraine’s capital shook hopes of progress in peace talks.

Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo declined whereas Seoul gained. Oil fell greater than $7 per barrel in New York however stayed above $100.

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