News of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Spurs 10% Increase on Oil prices
The significant progress reported on the development of a Covid-19 vaccine by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, triggered a leap in oil prices, agencies reported on Monday.
The news of the vaccine saw the biggest daily jump in the price of crude in six months, with a 10 per cent increase Reuters reported on Monday.
Increase in the US stocks was also bolstered by reports of the vaccine and the prospect of improved trade relations under President-elect Joe Biden.
Pfizer announced on Monday that it had developed a vaccine with German firm BioNTech SE which was 90 percent effective in preventing infection.
“The vaccine is really driving markets. Most of the moves in stocks, bonds and commodities are related to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Covid-19 situation,” Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance told Reuters.
“It’s a game-changer in terms of consumer spending and consumer behaviour and it augurs well for future economic activity as we begin to see a reversal of trends caused by the pandemic.”
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Covid-19 has seen oil prices sink due to travel restrictions and lockdowns with the flight industry grinding to an almost complete halt.
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman announced on Monday that OPEC+ oil production cuts could remain in place, bolstering the price of crude.
It saw Brent prices increase $3.37 to $42.82 a barrel.
By Peace Obi