Oil hits its best level in more than 3 years

Oil prices jumped to a three-year high early Friday morning.

West Texas Intermediate crude rose to $US67.76 a barrel – a peak going back to December 2014 – around 5 a.m. ET before falling back below $US67.00. Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, was trading at $US72.30.

The uptick in prices came on the back of heightening tensions in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil exporter, reportedly shot down at least three ballistic missiles sent by pro-Iranian Yemens on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump vowed a missile strike on the Assad regime that same day and also taunted Russia, who has said it would shield Syria from such an attack.

Both West Texas Intermediate and Brent are up more than 5% on the week. Brent hit a three-year high Wednesday as it climbed nearly 2% to $US73.09, the highest level since November 2014.

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