Oil prices rose on Friday but settled below four-month highs hit in the session as concerns that high energy costs could threaten economic growth tempered hopes for stronger demand after the Federal Reserve launched its latest economic stimulus program. Brent crude rose a seventh straight session and Brent and U.S. crude posted weekly gains as the dollar fell broadly, dropping to a four-month low versus the euro, after the Fed’s Thursday announcement of a third bond-buying program. A weaker U.S. currency is usually supportive to dollar-denominated commodities such as oil and industrial feedstock copper, which jumped to a 4-1/2 month peak.
“The market is exhausted after rising so much, and the IEA (International Energy Agency) economist worrying about high oil prices probably helped pull prices back some,” said Dan Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. Current oil prices could push the global economy into recession, Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency said on Friday.