The price of oil neared $102 a barrel for the first time since May last year, as Egypt's political crisis intensified, raising the risk of disruptions to Mideast supplies.
The price of oil neared $102 a barrel for the first time since May last year as Egypt's political crisis intensified, raising the risk of disruptions to Mideast supplies.
Benchmark crude for August delivery was up $2.20 to $101.80 a barrel early Wednesday morning, Bangkok time, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.61, or 1.6 percent, to close at $99.60 on Tuesday in New York.
Embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi vowed not to resign hours before a deadline to yield to the demands of millions of protesters or see the military suspend the constitution, disband parliament and install a new leadership.
The Islamist leader demanded that the powerful armed forces withdraw their ultimatum, saying he rejected all "dictates" — from home or abroad. Outside on the streets, the sense that both sides are ready to fight to the end sharpened, with clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents killing at least 23 people, most of them in a single incident of fighting outside Cairo University.