Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Anadarko (NYSE:APC), Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) and Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) all closed up Thursday, bucking the trend of oil futures pulling back after climbing over $101 a barrel on Wednesday.
Obama's economy continues to crumble as first-time unemployment claims surged by close to 10,000, exploding past the anticipated decline of 4,000 economists had been expecting. That is a seasonally adjusted 424,000 for the week ended May 21.
The U.S. economy growth rate was also worst than expected, growing at a very weak 1.8 percent rate in the first quarter, falling from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter, and missing the 2.2 percent growth rate economists had projected.
The U.S. Labor Department also upwardly revised initial unemployment claims from the last report they issued.
All of this had an impact on oil prices, as oil futures ended lower Thursday. Light, sweet crude for July delivery settled down $1.09, or 1.1 percent, to $100.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange settled up 12 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $115.05 a barrel.
Front-month June reformulated gasoline blendstock, settled up 3.21 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $3.0483 a gallon. June heating oil was up 0.26 cent, or 0.1 percent, to $2.9829 a gallon.
With the Memorial Day weekend coming in the U.S., which usually involves heavy travel and usage of gasoline in vehicles, it probably counteracted the slightly lower price of oil and gas heading into the summer season.
Petrobras closed Thursday at $34.15, gaining $0.50, or 1.49 percent. Cameron International closed at $48.33, up $0.56, or 1.17 percent. Royal Dutch Shell soared to $70.28, surging $1.27, or 1.84 percent. Transocean ended the session at $69.36, rising $0.30, or 0.43 percent. Anadarko closed at $77.89, up $0.67, or 0.87 percent.
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