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In the complex mix of elements influencing crude oil prices, recent events have focused attention on June West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures. The interplay of ongoing inflation, geopolitical tensions, and Federal Reserve policy decisions is molding the behavior of the market.

Geopolitical Risks and Oil Prices

Recent events have underscored the significant impact of geopolitical risks on oil pricing. The tensions between Iran and Israel, alongside the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict, have maintained crude prices near six-month highs. For instance, West Texas Intermediate crude witnessed a fluctuation, with prices settling lower on Thursday but remaining elevated due to these tensions. The price action has positioned WTI for a potential weekly loss, its first in three weeks.

In more specific terms, U.S. crude and the global benchmark have seen a decrease of about 1.8% and 1.4%, respectively, this week. These movements illustrate the market's sensitivity to geopolitical developments, yet traders have shown resilience to these risks, only reacting strongly to immediate escalations.

Impact of US and Global Politics

The geopolitical canvas is further complicated by the situation in Gaza. The Wall Street Journal reported concerns about the fate of Israeli hostages held by Hamas, adding another layer of uncertainty. This development, coupled with Ukraine's recent drone strikes on Russian oil refineries, has implications for the global energy scenario.…

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