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Oil posts biggest quarterly rise since 2009 on OPEC cuts, sanctions

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Oil prices rose about 1 percent on Friday, on track for their biggest quarterly rise in a decade, as US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela as well as Opec-led supply cuts overshadowed concerns over a slowing global economy.

The May Brent crude oil futures contract, which expires on Friday, gained 54 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $68.36 a barrel by 10:40 pm (IST), set for a gain of 27 per cent in the first quarter. The more-active June contract was up 45 cents to $67.55 a barrel.

The US West Texas Intermediate futures rose 80 cents, or 1.4 per cent, to

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 2:16 AM IST

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