Investing.com - West Texas Intermediate oil futures traded near a five-week high on Tuesday, as investors awaited the release of key U.S. data later in the session for further indications on the strength of the economy.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, U.S. crude oil for delivery in July shed 0.05%, or 6 cents, to trade at $104.30 a barrel during European morning hours. Nymex oil held in a range between $104.21 and $104.50 a barrel.
New York-traded oil futures were likely to find support at $103.64 a barrel, the low from May 23 and resistance at $104.77 a barrel, the high from April 21.
The U.S. is to produce data on durable goods orders, house price inflation and consumer confidence later Tuesday.
Recent data has shown that the U.S. economy is shaking off the effects of a weather-related slowdown over the winter.
Meanwhile, worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election on Sunday, where exit polls showed a decisive victory for Pro-European candidate Petro Poroshenko.
Poroshenko promised to restore order in the country, following months of fighting between pro-Russian forces and the government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to respect the result of Sunday''s elections. The U.S and its allies warned that they would tighten sanctions against Moscow if voting was disrupted.
Russia produced 10.4 million barrels of oil per day in 2012 and exported 7.4 million, making it the world’s second largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia.
Elsewhere, on the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for July delivery dipped 0.02%, or 2 cents, to trade at $110.30 a barrel, while the spread between the Brent and U.S. crude contracts stood at $6.00 a barrel.
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