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Gulf tanker attack leads to spike in oil prices

Oil prices spiked Thursday morning amid reports of explosions on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Prices spiked as much as 4 percent in response to the incident, according to the network, with Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil prices, up $2.02, or 3.4 percent, to $61.99 a barrel, around 9 a.m. EST.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude, meanwhile, increased $1.66, or 3.3 percent, to $52.80, according to CNBC.
The tankers, the Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair, reportedly went up in flames just before 6 a.m. local time.
The Washington Post reported that both ships’ crews were evacuated successfully from their vessels.