Oil prices rose Wednesday during European exchanges, amid tensions in Venezuela and awaiting US stocks data.
At about 3 pm, Brent's North Sea barrel for delivery in March was $ 61.76 at the Intercontinental Stock Exchange (ICE) in London, 44 cents more than on Tuesday at the end.
On the New York Stock Exchange (Nymex), the barrel "light sweet crude" (WTI) for the same delivery date earned 62 cents, to $ 53.93 per hour after opening.
The US administration has taken several measures against the national PDVSA PDVSA on Monday, sanctions that "result in a de facto US embargo on oil imports from Venezuela," analysts at Societe Generale said.
Parliament Speaker Juan Guaido, a self-proclaimed interim president, called for "more sanctions" from the European Union on Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro's government, in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.