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Upstream Online  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Missiles fired into Riyadh intercepted while Trump threatens military action in Syria
Reuters  Apr 11  Comment 
Oil hit its highest in more than three years on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to fire missiles at Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack last week.
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 11  Comment 
Brent hit its highest level since 2014 late on Tuesday
MarketWatch  Apr 10  Comment 
Oil prices rallied Tuesday, with Brent crude, the global benchmark, logging its highest settlement in more than three years. "The reducing risk of a trade war and the rising risk of a real war in Syria accounted for the large move up," said Phil...
MarketWatch  Apr 10  Comment 
Brent oil futures settle Tuesday at their highest in more than three years as tensions over Syria raise the potential for disruptions to crude output in the region.
Financial Times  Apr 10  Comment 
Brent oil back above $70 while Treasuries fall after US wholesale price data
Upstream Online  Apr 9  Comment 
Brent and WTI benchmarks see largest daily percentage gains since March
Upstream Online  Apr 5  Comment 
Brent and WTI prices modestly up by increase limited by strength of the US dollar
OilVoice  Apr 5  Comment 
WTI $63.37 -14c, Brent $68.02 -10c, Diff -$4.65 +4c, NG $2.72 +2c Oil Price The weakness I me ...




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This article is about prices for futures contracts on a specific kind of oil. For oil prices in general, see the article on Oil Prices.

Brent Crude (also known as Brent Blend, London Brent, and Brent petroleum) is a crude oil sourced from the North Sea (the region between the British Isles, mainland Europe, and Scandinavia). It is generally classified as a light, sweet crude blend, thereby making it easy to refine. It is however, not as light as light crude (often referred to as West Texas Intermediate to distinguish the somewhat confusing nomenclature).

Prices, Tickers, and Delivery Dates

Brent Crude futures are traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange under ticker symbol BZ. Futures contracts are delivered every month of the year. (For more information on commodity tickers, check out the commodity ticker construction page.)

While Brent Crude futures have, as with most other important energy commodities, been always traded in US Dollars per barrel, Singapore's pan-Asian multi-product commodity and currency derivatives exchange - the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) - currently lists Brent Crude Futures Contracts priced in Euros[1], in a move to provide alternative, unique hedging strategies, which would benefit participants with Euro-related business considerations for example.

To-date SMX[2] is the first global exchange for Brent Crude with Euro-denominated contracts[3], and is also the first Asian exchange to list futures contracts for both Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate Crude[4].

Light vs Heavy Crude

Heavy crude oil is typically defined as having a specific gravity greater than .933; however the distinction is often more functional than empirical, with any crude being labeled "heavy" that does not flow as well as its light counterpart.

Sweet vs Sour Crude

What makes crude oil "sweet" is a low sulfur content (typically < 0.5%) which results in lower refinery costs and fewer impurities. While this is generally the crude oil refined into gasoline, some refining companies, notably Valero Energy (VLO), have developed refining processes that allow them to refine more challenging, but cheaper, higher-sulfur petroleum.

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