Oil Price Jumps Above $80 and Natural Gas Races Higher, Turbocharged By Supply Shortages

Oil Price Jumps Above $80 and Natural Gas Races Higher, Turbocharged By Supply Shortages
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The extended climb in oil prices is leaving some other industrial commodities behind, a divergence that reflects bets that energy supply shortages will offset any slowdown in the global economy. 
U.S. crude rose more than 2% early Monday to a seven-year high of $81.50 a barrel, bringing its climb since the end of last October to more than 120%. If sustained, it will be the first time the U.S. oil benchmark closes above $80 a barrel since October 2014, when the shale revolution set off a multiyear slump in fossil-fuel prices.
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