Oil prices open higher on EU Russian oil ban, end of Shanghai lockdown

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday after European Union leaders agreed to a partial and phased ban on Russian oil and China ended its COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai. Brent crude for August delivery was up 78 cents, or 0.7%, at $116.38 a barrel at 0037 GMT. The front-month contract for July delivery expired on Tuesday at $122.84 a barrel, up 1%. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 63 cents, or 0.6%, to $115.30 a barrel. Both benchmarks ended the month of May higher, marking the sixth straight month of rising prices. EU leaders agreed in principle on…

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