Oil prices up in US after airstrike in Syria

NEW YORK (WCMH) — Oil prices jumped about 2 percent in early Friday trading after President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes in Syria, CNN reports.

US benchmark crude added 37 cents to trade near one-month highs of $52.07 a barrel, while Brent crude, the international standard, rose 27 cents to $55.16 a barrel in London.

The uptick in prices eased a bit, and oil is $52.1 a barrel as of 8:15am Friday– a trade up of .40 percent.

According to GasBuddy, Columbus gas stations average $2.46 a gallon. 

Syria is not a major oil producer, but the country is close to the Strait of Hormuz, where millions of barrels of oil are shipped every day.

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