Oil Rebounds on Omicron Hopes, Iran Talks

The easing of Omicron fears also boosted European equities and safer havens like bonds gave up some recent gains.

Alex Lawler, Reuters

Oil rose by more than $1 a barrel to above $71 on Dec. 6 as hopes that the Omicron coronavirus variant may cause mostly mild symptoms boosted riskier assets and as the prospect of an imminent rise in Iranian oil exports looked less likely.

Helping ease Omicron concerns, reports in South Africa said cases there only had mild symptoms and the top U.S. infectious disease official told CNN "it does not look like there's a great degree of severity" so far.

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