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Oil price jumps to $89 a barrel following Hamas attack on Israel

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🗞️ Driving the news: Concerns over Hamas's attack on Israel have caused crude prices to rise, hitting a high of $89 a barrel
• This surge is fueled by fears that the conflict might escalate tensions across the Middle East and potentially affect oil production from leading producers

🔭 The context: The rising crude prices underscore the delicate balance of geopolitics and energy in the Middle East, a region that houses many of the world's leading oil producers
• Even though Israel is not an oil producer, it has ties with major oil-producing nations, like Saudi Arabia, and complex relations with countries like Iran

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: An unstable Middle East can have global ramifications due to its strategic importance in the oil market
• Increased tensions could disrupt oil supply, affecting global prices and potentially slowing down the transition to renewable energy sources

⏭️ What's next: The global energy market's immediate trajectory is likely to hinge on unfolding geopolitical events, especially if escalations persist in the Middle East
• If the U.S. confirms the suspected involvement of Iran's Revolutionary Guard in the attack, we can expect a rigorous enforcement of existing sanctions on Iran

💬 One quote: "The Israeli government is vowing an unprecedented response... it is hard to envision how Saudi normalisation talks can run on a parallel track to a ferocious military counteroffensive," (Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets)

📈 One stat: Brent crude jumped as much as 5.2% in early trading, showing the market's immediate reaction to geopolitical events in the Middle East

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