Oil rises slightly as investors await US employment figures


AP

BANGKOK–The price of oil rise slightly Friday, reflecting caution as investors wait for the latest U.S. employment figures.

Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 7 cents to US$91.63 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The contract gained US$1.13 to finish at US$91.56 a barrel on Nymex on Thursday, pushed higher by the release of data showing a drop in applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S.

On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will release jobs data for February. Analysts expect the report to show that employers in the U.S., the biggest consumer of oil and petroleum products, added 152,000 jobs last month.

Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell 10 cents at US$111.05 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.