- Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
- West Texas Intermediate crude oil hit the highest level since 2014 early Friday morning.
- The surge comes after a volatile week in the Middle East.
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Oil prices jumped to a three-year high early Friday morning.
West Texas Intermediate crude rose to $67.76 a barrel – a peak going back to December 2014 – around 5 a.m. ET before falling back below $67.00. Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, was trading at $72.30.
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.
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 $73.09, the highest level since November 2014.
- Markets Insider