In the New York crude oil market on the 18th, the international crude oil futures price temporarily rose to the $ 109 level per barrel, and in the natural gas market, the index natural gas futures price temporarily rose for the first time in about 13 and a half years. With high prices, energy prices continue to rise against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine.

In the New York crude oil market on the 18th, the futures price of WTI, which is an international index, temporarily rose to the $ 109 level per barrel.



In addition to the persistent view that the supply of crude oil from Russia will be stagnant due to the situation in Ukraine, there are also concerns about a decrease in production in Libya, an oil-producing country in North Africa, raising concerns about supply shortages.



WTI futures prices soared to the $ 130 / barrel level in early last month and then fell to the $ 92 level last week, but are on a rising trend again.



In the New York natural gas market, the index natural gas future prices have been rising recently, hitting a temporary high on the 18th for the first time in about 13 years and 7 months since September 2008.



The background is that there is a view that the demand for natural gas produced in the United States will increase in response to Europe's move to break away from Russia's dependence on energy.



It is wary that energy prices will continue to rise and inflationary pressures will rise further.

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